‘ Energy saving tips and recycling project ideas’ from Green Schools

While we are now working and schooling from home here are some energy savings tips and recycling project ideas to carry out over midterm.

How to save energy/reduce your electricity bill?

1 – Turn down your thermostat. If you turn the thermostat down by just one degree, you can reduce your heating bill by 10%. Thermostat for your living/working area should be set at 18-20°C, while hallways and bedrooms, ideally between 15-18°C.

2 – Plug out all appliances when not in use. Pay particular attention to computers and printers. Standby mode devices from TVs to toasters are using 20% of the energy they would consume if they were switched on.

3 – Don’t fill the kettle. If you’re stopping work for a coffee break, only boil the kettle with as much water as you need. It’ll boil quicker and use less energy.

4 – Don’t heat empty rooms. Turn your heating off 30 minutes before you finish work.

5 – Use radiator reflectors. If you put a reflector behind the radiator, it will reflect the radiator’s heat back into your workspace instead of letting it seep out through the wall.

6 – Switch to LED lights and make the most of natural light. They use about a fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs. LEDs last up to 10 times longer.

Recycling Project Ideas
Homemade bird feeder
Desk Organiser/Stationary Holder
Flower pot/hanging lanterns