Change the Habit
with John Lloyd (Mechanical & Electrical Technical Manager) & Colin King(Technical Lead – Retrofit & Construction)
- Running the dishwasher and washing machines overnight (a more carbon efficient time) can help, you can do this by setting a timer so you can still get that early night!
- Tumble dryers are one of the most energy-hungry appliances in a home (this is excluding pets and kids!). Try ‘part drying’ clothes for 20 – 30 mins in the tumble dryer and then hanging them up to finish them off. It uses considerably less energy than fully drying them.
- Wash your laundry at 30oC to save energy and wait until the washing basket is brimming before running your machine (you’ll need socks by then too!). Reducing laundry and dishwasher cycles by one a week could save around £16 a year.
- When making a cuppa, only boil the water you need (offering to make a round is totally up to you). It costs around 4p to boil a full kettle of water, or 2p for half and even less for only one mug – it doesn’t sound like much per cup, but you could save around £20 a year by only boiling what you need.
with Alex Layton(Project Administrator) & Annie- Marie Ratcliffe (Project Manager)
- Invest in a thick winter duvet, some cosy slippers and a cuddly throw blanket for the sofa. If it’s just you at home for an evening or working from home during the day, you might find that layering up and using a hot water bottle means you don’t need the heating on for as long. Get those chunky knits and woolly socks out!
- Be aware of draughts around windows and doors, draught excluders can really help if there’s a bit of chilly air creeping in. Save the planet twice by making your very own draft excluder out of an old pair of jeans.
- If you have thin curtains and/or single glazing, thermal curtain linings can make a big difference to how warm a room feels when it’s cold out, they can make sure you keep the heating off until at least November (maybe!).
with Lee Fisher(Project Engineer)
- Optimise your heating timer (Sero Life Customers you can do this in your App!) – think about what time you get up and what time you go to bed and plan your heating times around this. Schedule your home to work for you.
- Turning thermostats down by just 1 degree can help you save on average £60-£80 a year (let the thermostat battles commence!).
- It depends on how much time you spend at home, but with home working looking like it’s here to stay, it could be better to use a set back (out) temperature of 16-18oC rather than ‘off’ when you don’t want your heating on. This is much better for the building too.
with Nilesh Bhudia Luke(Head of Customer)
- Switching to efficient LED lightbulbs – these typically use 90% less energy than older style bulbs. There are now a huge range of smart devices available for your home, like smart bulbs or smart plugs – these are coming down in price and can be a great way to easily cut power to devices when they’re not needed. They can be Google & Alexa compatible, and they do an Apple Home kit compatible version too. You can turn them on/off remotely and set up time schedules too, all through your phone.
- Switch off to save. Turn your TV’s, laptops and games consoles off standby to save on average £35 per year.
- A water efficient shower head will reduce amount of hot water required, saving up to £30 a year. Taking a shower instead of a bath can help save hot water too – a five-minute shower uses a third of the water of a bath. If you have children, they can share a bath for added saving, although the amount of water left in at the end depends on the kids.