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我们都知道能源账单会花费多少,尤其是在寒冷的月份,随着越来越多的人继续在家工作,没有比这更好的时间来盘点我们的能源使用情况,并思考如何更环保的方法。

Mumsnet的总部|最后更新于2021年11月16日

We all know how much energy bills can cost, particularly during the colder months, and as more of us continue to work from home, there\u2019s never been a better time to take stock of our energy usage and think about ways in which to be more eco-friendly.<\/p>","value":"

We all know how much energy bills can cost, particularly during the colder months, and as more of us continue to work from home, there\u2019s never been a better time to take stock of our energy usage and think about ways in which to be more eco-friendly.<\/p>"},{"meta_id":105637,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body","meta_value":"a:8:{i:0;s:7:\"content\";i:1;s:5:\"image\";i:2;s:5:\"image\";i:3;s:5:\"image\";i:4;s:5:\"image\";i:5;s:7:\"content\";i:6;s:5:\"image\";i:7;s:5:\"image\";}","value":["content","image","image","image","image","content","image","image"]},{"meta_id":105639,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_0_content","meta_value":"

Using less energy doesn\u2019t mean you have to go without heating, there are easy ways to make your home more energy efficient and save money at the same time.<\/p>

We took to the forums to find out how Mumsnet users were saving energy and spoke to eco-energy experts to find easy ways for you to do your bit to help the environment and reduce your energy bill.<\/p>","value":"

Using less energy doesn\u2019t mean you have to go without heating, there are easy ways to make your home more energy efficient and save money at the same time.<\/p>

We took to the forums to find out how Mumsnet users were saving energy and spoke to eco-energy experts to find easy ways for you to do your bit to help the environment and reduce your energy bill.<\/p>"},{"meta_id":702782,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_edit_last","meta_value":"10","value":"10"},{"meta_id":702783,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_expiration-date-status","meta_value":"saved","value":"saved"},{"meta_id":702784,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_edit_lock","meta_value":"1637080767:10","value":"1637080767:10"},{"meta_id":702788,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_metadata_meta_title","meta_value":"field_5ff8482f6b791","value":"field_5ff8482f6b791"},{"meta_id":702789,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_metadata_meta_description","meta_value":"field_5ff848406b792","value":"field_5ff848406b792"},{"meta_id":702790,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"metadata_do_not_allow_indexing","meta_value":"0","value":"0"},{"meta_id":702791,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_metadata_do_not_allow_indexing","meta_value":"field_60255d5f751c0","value":"field_60255d5f751c0"},{"meta_id":702792,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"metadata","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702793,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_metadata","meta_value":"field_5fd3830066848","value":"field_5fd3830066848"},{"meta_id":702794,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"show_sponsored_content_disclaimer","meta_value":"0","value":"0"},{"meta_id":702795,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_show_sponsored_content_disclaimer","meta_value":"field_6070087df5508","value":"field_6070087df5508"},{"meta_id":702796,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_0_content","meta_value":"field_5ff5e32e00b35","value":"field_5ff5e32e00b35"},{"meta_id":702797,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body","meta_value":"field_5ff5e30b00b34","value":"field_5ff5e30b00b34"},{"meta_id":702798,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"content_author","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702799,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_content_author","meta_value":"field_5fd379f22a693","value":"field_5fd379f22a693"},{"meta_id":702800,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_standfirst","meta_value":"field_5fd38e9e96b76","value":"field_5fd38e9e96b76"},{"meta_id":702801,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hero_image","meta_value":"15538","value":"15538"},{"meta_id":702802,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hero_image","meta_value":"field_6006f13821768","value":"field_6006f13821768"},{"meta_id":702803,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"default_hub","meta_value":"8056","value":"8056"},{"meta_id":702804,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_default_hub","meta_value":"field_5fd379f22a5f0","value":"field_5fd379f22a5f0"},{"meta_id":702805,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hub_data_hub_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702806,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hub_data_hub_image","meta_value":"field_5ff46fa656d18","value":"field_5ff46fa656d18"},{"meta_id":702807,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hub_data_hub_title","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702808,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hub_data_hub_title","meta_value":"field_5ff847a9e8dce","value":"field_5ff847a9e8dce"},{"meta_id":702809,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hub_data_hub_teaser_text","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702810,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hub_data_hub_teaser_text","meta_value":"field_5ff8686325fd2","value":"field_5ff8686325fd2"},{"meta_id":702811,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hub_data","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702812,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hub_data","meta_value":"field_5fd37e2cba3bd","value":"field_5fd37e2cba3bd"},{"meta_id":702813,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"manual_related_links","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702814,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_manual_related_links","meta_value":"field_5fd37f6aba3c0","value":"field_5fd37f6aba3c0"},{"meta_id":702815,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"sponsor","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702816,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_sponsor","meta_value":"field_5fd3805f79998","value":"field_5fd3805f79998"},{"meta_id":702869,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_2_title","meta_value":"2. Check you\u2019re not paying too much for your energy","value":"2. Check you\u2019re not paying too much for your energy"},{"meta_id":702870,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_2_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":702871,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_2_image_image","meta_value":"20827","value":"20827"},{"meta_id":702872,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_2_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":702873,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_2_image_text","meta_value":"

Okay, we agree this sounds like a lot of hard work, but checking that you\u2019re on the best energy tariff is surprisingly simple and could save you a lot of money. In fact, on average you could save up to \u00a3174 by switching to ESB Energy today.<\/p>","value":"

Okay, we agree this sounds like a lot of hard work, but checking that you\u2019re on the best energy tariff is surprisingly simple and could save you a lot of money. In fact, on average you could save up to \u00a3174 by switching to ESB Energy today.<\/p>"},{"meta_id":702874,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_2_image_text","meta_value":"field_60103b17570e9","value":"field_60103b17570e9"},{"meta_id":702875,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_2_image_width","meta_value":"full","value":"full"},{"meta_id":702876,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_2_image_width","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941b","value":"field_5ff70e497941b"},{"meta_id":702877,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_2_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702878,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_2_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e4979419","value":"field_5ff70e4979419"},{"meta_id":702879,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_3_title","meta_value":"3. Don't leave the tap running (and seriously, fix that drip)","value":"3. Don't leave the tap running (and seriously, fix that drip)"},{"meta_id":702880,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_3_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":702881,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_3_image_image","meta_value":"15541","value":"15541"},{"meta_id":702882,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_3_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":702883,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_3_image_text","meta_value":"

In rainy Blighty it can be hard to remember that water is a precious commodity. Being just a little more conscious of your water usage can have a big impact on the environment.<\/p>

A dripping tap is not only annoying, it wastes more than 5,500 litres of water a year. Now think how much water you could save by not leaving the tap running full-throttle while brushing your teeth \u2013 and, ok, it might be easier to leave the tap running when you do the washing up, but if you fill and use a bowl instead you could reduce your water consumption in a significant way.<\/p>

\"When kids wash their hands, just get them to put a bit of water in the sink and use that rather than leave taps running\".<\/em><\/p>

\"We keep a jug of water in the fridge so that we don't run the tap until the water gets cold enough to drink\".<\/em><\/p>","value":"

In rainy Blighty it can be hard to remember that water is a precious commodity. Being just a little more conscious of your water usage can have a big impact on the environment.<\/p>

A dripping tap is not only annoying, it wastes more than 5,500 litres of water a year. Now think how much water you could save by not leaving the tap running full-throttle while brushing your teeth \u2013 and, ok, it might be easier to leave the tap running when you do the washing up, but if you fill and use a bowl instead you could reduce your water consumption in a significant way.<\/p>

\"When kids wash their hands, just get them to put a bit of water in the sink and use that rather than leave taps running\".<\/em><\/p>

\"We keep a jug of water in the fridge so that we don't run the tap until the water gets cold enough to drink\".<\/em><\/p>"},{"meta_id":702884,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_3_image_text","meta_value":"field_60103b17570e9","value":"field_60103b17570e9"},{"meta_id":702885,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_3_image_width","meta_value":"full","value":"full"},{"meta_id":702886,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_3_image_width","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941b","value":"field_5ff70e497941b"},{"meta_id":702887,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_3_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702888,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_3_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e4979419","value":"field_5ff70e4979419"},{"meta_id":702889,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_4_title","meta_value":"4. Flip the switch - and use energy-efficient bulbs","value":"4. Flip the switch - and use energy-efficient bulbs"},{"meta_id":702890,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_4_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":702891,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_4_image_image","meta_value":"15543","value":"15543"},{"meta_id":702892,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_4_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":702893,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_4_image_text","meta_value":"

How many times have you told the children to turn off the lights when they leave a room? If they (and you) can get into the habit, you could save energy and \u00a350 a year.<\/p>

LED light bulbs use 90% less electricity than other bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb meaning you could save you about \u00a350 over the lifetime of the bulb. Let's say you switched the living room, two bedrooms and both the upstairs and downstairs hallway bulbs \u2013you'd save yourself \u00a391 a year.<\/p>

I had a main light in my living room with old-style energy saving bulbs (five bulbs in the one fitting), but when I got an energy monitor I saw just how much electricity it was using. I now use a table lamp with an LED bulb which doesn't even register on the monitor, and gives a nicer light.<\/p>","value":"

How many times have you told the children to turn off the lights when they leave a room? If they (and you) can get into the habit, you could save energy and \u00a350 a year.<\/p>

LED light bulbs use 90% less electricity than other bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb meaning you could save you about \u00a350 over the lifetime of the bulb. Let's say you switched the living room, two bedrooms and both the upstairs and downstairs hallway bulbs \u2013you'd save yourself \u00a391 a year.<\/p>

I had a main light in my living room with old-style energy saving bulbs (five bulbs in the one fitting), but when I got an energy monitor I saw just how much electricity it was using. I now use a table lamp with an LED bulb which doesn't even register on the monitor, and gives a nicer light.<\/p>"},{"meta_id":702894,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_4_image_text","meta_value":"field_60103b17570e9","value":"field_60103b17570e9"},{"meta_id":702895,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_4_image_width","meta_value":"full","value":"full"},{"meta_id":702896,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_4_image_width","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941b","value":"field_5ff70e497941b"},{"meta_id":702897,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_4_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":702898,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_4_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e4979419","value":"field_5ff70e4979419"},{"meta_id":1228436,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"hide_hero_image","meta_value":"0","value":"0"},{"meta_id":1228437,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_hide_hero_image","meta_value":"field_60d1cf7781284","value":"field_60d1cf7781284"},{"meta_id":1244568,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_7_title","meta_value":"9. Put a jumper on","value":"9. Put a jumper on"},{"meta_id":1244569,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_7_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":1244570,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_7_image_image","meta_value":"15545","value":"15545"},{"meta_id":1244571,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_7_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":1244572,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_7_image_text","meta_value":"

Nobody wants to be cold at home, but putting on a jumper and turning down your thermostat by just one or two degrees is an easy way to reduce your energy consumption. And did you know for every degree you turn your thermostat down by, you could save around \u00a350 a year? Surely that's worth popping on an extra layer? Plus, make use of the timer too, so the heating and hot water only come on when you actually need them.<\/p>

\"We switch off the heating for 30 minutes every hour and put on another layer. We really don't notice the difference\".<\/em><\/p>

\"Wear layers \u2013 for me, an outfit for the office is nowhere near warm enough for the house. Base layers from Uniqlo or M&S are easy to slip under things. Snuggle under a cheap fleece blanket\".<\/em><\/p>

10. Investigate where your heat is escaping<\/h2>

Letting heat escape and allowing cold air to come into your home is like chucking pound coins out the window (or at least through that hole they left in the wall when they fitted the new tumble dryer<\/a>). So make sure any gaps in your walls and all windows, doors and loft hatches are sealed properly, hang thermal or heavy curtains over your windows and doors, and don't forget flaps and draft excluders for your letterbox.<\/p>

If your house has a chimney but you never light a fire in it, make sure the chimney is blocked: heat can escape easily that way, and draughts can come down. You could cap the chimney, or, if you do light a fire occasionally, buy an inflatable chimney balloon \u2013 just don't forget (eek) to remove it before lighting the match.<\/p>

\"If you don't light a fire check whether there's a draught coming down the chimney. I put a chimney balloon up my chimney last winter and the difference it made is amazing\".<\/em><\/p>","value":"

Nobody wants to be cold at home, but putting on a jumper and turning down your thermostat by just one or two degrees is an easy way to reduce your energy consumption. And did you know for every degree you turn your thermostat down by, you could save around \u00a350 a year? Surely that's worth popping on an extra layer? Plus, make use of the timer too, so the heating and hot water only come on when you actually need them.<\/p>

\"We switch off the heating for 30 minutes every hour and put on another layer. We really don't notice the difference\".<\/em><\/p>

\"Wear layers \u2013 for me, an outfit for the office is nowhere near warm enough for the house. Base layers from Uniqlo or M&S are easy to slip under things. Snuggle under a cheap fleece blanket\".<\/em><\/p>

10. Investigate where your heat is escaping<\/h2>

Letting heat escape and allowing cold air to come into your home is like chucking pound coins out the window (or at least through that hole they left in the wall when they fitted the new tumble dryer<\/a>). So make sure any gaps in your walls and all windows, doors and loft hatches are sealed properly, hang thermal or heavy curtains over your windows and doors, and don't forget flaps and draft excluders for your letterbox.<\/p>

If your house has a chimney but you never light a fire in it, make sure the chimney is blocked: heat can escape easily that way, and draughts can come down. You could cap the chimney, or, if you do light a fire occasionally, buy an inflatable chimney balloon \u2013 just don't forget (eek) to remove it before lighting the match.<\/p>

\"If you don't light a fire check whether there's a draught coming down the chimney. I put a chimney balloon up my chimney last winter and the difference it made is amazing\".<\/em><\/p>"},{"meta_id":1244573,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_7_image_text","meta_value":"field_60103b17570e9","value":"field_60103b17570e9"},{"meta_id":1244574,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_7_image_width","meta_value":"full","value":"full"},{"meta_id":1244575,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_7_image_width","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941b","value":"field_5ff70e497941b"},{"meta_id":1244576,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_7_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":1244577,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_7_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e4979419","value":"field_5ff70e4979419"},{"meta_id":2060865,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"requires_login","meta_value":"0","value":"0"},{"meta_id":2060866,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_requires_login","meta_value":"field_61124019fd7dc","value":"field_61124019fd7dc"},{"meta_id":2060867,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_1_title","meta_value":"1. Go unplugged","value":"1. Go unplugged"},{"meta_id":2060868,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_1_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":2060869,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_1_image_image","meta_value":"15540","value":"15540"},{"meta_id":2060870,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_1_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":2060871,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_1_image_text","meta_value":"

Remembering to turn your TV, computer, and kitchen appliances off at the plug will instantly reduce your carbon footprint and save you between \u00a340-\u00a380 a year. Particularly if your household has loads of gadgets, including however many games consoles, any Bluetooth speakers and the washing machine.<\/p>

It will make a noticeable difference to your energy bill if you (and the children) get into the habit of turning things off completely when they're not being used \u2013 just make sure everyone stays clear of the TV switch if you were hoping to record David Attenborough, of course.<\/p>","value":"

Remembering to turn your TV, computer, and kitchen appliances off at the plug will instantly reduce your carbon footprint and save you between \u00a340-\u00a380 a year. Particularly if your household has loads of gadgets, including however many games consoles, any Bluetooth speakers and the washing machine.<\/p>

It will make a noticeable difference to your energy bill if you (and the children) get into the habit of turning things off completely when they're not being used \u2013 just make sure everyone stays clear of the TV switch if you were hoping to record David Attenborough, of course.<\/p>"},{"meta_id":2060872,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_1_image_text","meta_value":"field_60103b17570e9","value":"field_60103b17570e9"},{"meta_id":2060873,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_1_image_width","meta_value":"full","value":"full"},{"meta_id":2060874,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_1_image_width","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941b","value":"field_5ff70e497941b"},{"meta_id":2060875,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_1_image","meta_value":"","value":""},{"meta_id":2060876,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_1_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e4979419","value":"field_5ff70e4979419"},{"meta_id":2060877,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_5_content","meta_value":"

5. Say goodbye to those bubble baths<\/h2>

Ok, we're not saying you should never take a bath again, but it's widely known that you tend to use much less water if you take a shower instead. And the shorter the shower the better: if you cut the time by just one minute a day, you could save yourself \u00a310 over a year \u2013 would you even notice the difference?<\/p>

If we're__ totally__ honest, though, it's often said that fancy modern high-power showers can use as much water in five minutes you'd use filling a bath, so it's also worth looking into the energy efficiency of shower heads to see how yours compares.<\/p>

\"A bath will use about a hundred litres of water, and a shower will use a lot less unless you have a drencher head (or stay under until you are pink and wrinkly). It's definitely worth running the shower into a bucket and timing it, to see how many litres per minute it delivers\".<\/em><\/p>

\"I always take showers rather than a bath, and often switch off the shower while applying shampoo, conditioner and body wash, too\".<\/em><\/p>

6. Buy energy efficient appliances<\/h2>

For the appliances you simply can't turn off at the wall (fridges and freezers, for example), make sure you buy something which is highly energy efficient so it's not using more energy than necessary.<\/p>

When your appliances have run their course and it\u2019s time to replace them, make sure to go for replacements with a high energy efficiency rating. You can find out how efficient an appliance is from the energy label displayed on it. The most efficient products are those rated as \u201cA\u201d and the least efficient are those rated \u201cD\u201d. For example, an A+++ fridge freezer will save you around \u00a319 a year compared to an A+ model.<\/p>

\"Fridges use the most energy as they are on 24\/7, so definitely try to get an energy efficient one\".<\/em><\/p>","value":"

5. Say goodbye to those bubble baths<\/h2>

Ok, we're not saying you should never take a bath again, but it's widely known that you tend to use much less water if you take a shower instead. And the shorter the shower the better: if you cut the time by just one minute a day, you could save yourself \u00a310 over a year \u2013 would you even notice the difference?<\/p>

If we're__ totally__ honest, though, it's often said that fancy modern high-power showers can use as much water in five minutes you'd use filling a bath, so it's also worth looking into the energy efficiency of shower heads to see how yours compares.<\/p>

\"A bath will use about a hundred litres of water, and a shower will use a lot less unless you have a drencher head (or stay under until you are pink and wrinkly). It's definitely worth running the shower into a bucket and timing it, to see how many litres per minute it delivers\".<\/em><\/p>

\"I always take showers rather than a bath, and often switch off the shower while applying shampoo, conditioner and body wash, too\".<\/em><\/p>

6. Buy energy efficient appliances<\/h2>

For the appliances you simply can't turn off at the wall (fridges and freezers, for example), make sure you buy something which is highly energy efficient so it's not using more energy than necessary.<\/p>

When your appliances have run their course and it\u2019s time to replace them, make sure to go for replacements with a high energy efficiency rating. You can find out how efficient an appliance is from the energy label displayed on it. The most efficient products are those rated as \u201cA\u201d and the least efficient are those rated \u201cD\u201d. For example, an A+++ fridge freezer will save you around \u00a319 a year compared to an A+ model.<\/p>

\"Fridges use the most energy as they are on 24\/7, so definitely try to get an energy efficient one\".<\/em><\/p>"},{"meta_id":2060878,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_5_content","meta_value":"field_5ff5e32e00b35","value":"field_5ff5e32e00b35"},{"meta_id":2060879,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_6_title","meta_value":"7. Wash your clothes at a lower temperature","value":"7. Wash your clothes at a lower temperature"},{"meta_id":2060880,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_6_title","meta_value":"field_602a92c901c21","value":"field_602a92c901c21"},{"meta_id":2060881,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_6_image_image","meta_value":"15544","value":"15544"},{"meta_id":2060882,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"_body_6_image_image","meta_value":"field_5ff70e497941a","value":"field_5ff70e497941a"},{"meta_id":2060883,"post_id":6996,"meta_key":"body_6_image_text","meta_value":"

Doing your everyday laundry at 30 degrees rather than 40 can be a third cheaper, which means savings of up to \u00a352 a year for a larger family household (depending how often you wash). Plus, a cooler load is better for the environment and kinder to your clothes (reducing colour loss and fabric damage).<\/p>

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一家人围坐在厨房水槽边喝茶

使用更少的能源并不意味着你必须放弃供暖,有一些简单的方法可以让你的家更节能,同时省钱。

我们在论坛上了解了Mumsnet用户是如何节约能源的,并与生态能源专家交谈,以找到简单的方法,让你尽自己的一份力来帮助环境和减少你的能源账单。

1.去不插电

妈妈和孩子涂了脸漆

记得关掉你的电视、电脑和厨房电器的插头,这将立即减少你的碳足迹,每年为你节省40- 80英镑。特别是当你家里有很多小玩意的时候,包括游戏机、蓝牙音箱和洗衣机。

如果你(和孩子们)养成在不使用的时候把东西完全关掉的习惯,这将对你的能源账单产生显著的影响——只要确保每个人都远离电视开关,当然,如果你想录大卫·阿滕伯勒的节目的话。

2.检查一下你没有为你的能量付出太多

女人的笔记本电脑

好吧,我们同意这听起来像是一项艰巨的工作,但是检查你的能源关税是惊人的简单,可以为你节省很多钱。事实上,平均而言,你可以节省174英镑,通过切换到ESB能源今天。

3.不要让水龙头一直开着(说真的,要把滴水修好)

洗手

在多雨的英国,人们很难记住水是一种珍贵的商品。只要稍微注意一下你的用水习惯就会对环境产生很大的影响。

滴水的水龙头不仅恼人,而且每年要浪费5500多升水。现在认为可以省多少水不超速的刷牙时不关水龙头,好吧,它可能更容易离开水龙头当你洗碗,但是如果你填满,用一碗而不是你可以减少用水量显著。

“当孩子们洗手的时候,让他们在水槽里放一些水,然后用它,而不是让水龙头开着。”

“我们在冰箱里放了一壶水,所以在水冷到可以喝之前,我们不会开水龙头。”

4.打开开关,使用节能灯泡

休息室

你告诉过孩子们多少次离开房间时要关灯?如果他们(和你)能养成这个习惯,你每年就能节省能源和50英镑。

LED灯泡的耗电量比其他灯泡少90%,使用寿命比普通灯泡长10倍,这意味着你可以在灯泡的使用寿命中节省大约50英镑。假如你把客厅、两间卧室和楼上楼下走廊的灯泡都换了,你每年就能省下91英镑。

我的客厅里有一个主灯,里面装着老式的节能灯泡(一个装置里有五个灯泡),但当我装上能源监控器时,我就能看到它用了多少电。我现在用的是带LED灯泡的台灯,它甚至不会在显示器上显示出来,而且亮度更好。

5.跟那些泡泡浴说再见吧

好吧,我们不是说你再也不应该洗澡了,但众所周知,如果你用淋浴来代替,你会用更少的水。洗澡的时间越短越好:如果你每天减少一分钟的时间,一年下来你就能省下10英镑——你能感觉到有什么不同吗?

[解析]句意:如果我们完全诚实的话,人们经常说,现代的大功率淋浴器在5分钟内用的水和你装满一个浴缸的水一样多,所以也值得看看淋浴头的能源效率,看看你的比较如何。

“泡个澡要用大约100升水,淋浴要少得多,除非你有淋浴喷头(或者一直待在浴缸里,直到你变得粉嫩起皱)。”把淋浴器倒进桶里,并计时,看看它每分钟能送出多少升水,这绝对是值得的。”

“我总是淋浴而不是泡澡,而且经常在使用洗发水、护发素和沐浴露时关掉淋浴。”

6.购买节能电器

对于那些你根本不能在墙上关掉的电器(比如冰箱和冰柜),确保你买的是高能效的电器,这样就不会消耗不必要的能源。

当你的电器运行正常,到了更换它们的时候,确保更换的是高能效等级的电器。你可以通过设备上的能源标签来了解设备的效率。效率最高的是A级产品,效率最低的是D级产品。例如,与A+型冰箱相比,a++型冰箱每年可以为你节省19英镑左右。

“冰箱耗电最多,因为它全天候运转,所以一定要买一台节能的。”

7.用较低的温度洗衣服

父子俩在用洗衣机

在30华氏度而不是40华氏度的温度下洗衣服会便宜三分之一,这意味着一个大家庭每年可以节省多达52英镑(取决于你洗衣服的频率)。此外,冷负荷对环境更好,对你的衣服更友好(减少颜色损失和织物损坏)。

不要害怕偶尔运行热负荷,尽管,这是你需要做的那些真正的泥泞洗涤。偶尔热洗一下有助于保持洗衣机本身清洁,无细菌。

“我在30度的温度下洗衣服,效果非常好。对于非常脏的婴儿用品,我通常会先浸泡一会儿。不要害怕,它会为你的账单(和环境)创造奇迹。”

8.把锅炉的温度调低

如果你有一个普通的锅炉或水箱,降低它的温度是一个简单的方法来减少你的能源使用-你会奇怪为什么你以前从来没有这样做。想想看:当你洗澡、淋浴或洗碗的时候,你只需要往锅炉里倒些冷水就可以了,所以让锅炉产生滚烫的热水是没有多大意义的。

你所要做的就是确保你的热水箱在你喜欢的温度加热和储存你的水。如果你想更进一步,你也可以在你的锅炉上加一件外套,以帮助保持水温在水加热时间之间。

9.穿上套头衫

穿毛衣的女人和婴儿

没有人希望家里很冷,但穿上跳伞衫,把恒温器的温度降低一到两度,是一个减少能源消耗的简单方法。你知道恒温器每调低一度,你一年就能省下大约50英镑吗?多穿一层肯定值得吧?另外,也要利用计时器,这样暖气和热水只有在你真正需要的时候才会打开。

“我们每小时关掉暖气30分钟,然后再穿一层。我们真的没有注意到区别。”

“穿几层衣服——对我来说,上班穿的衣服还远远不够暖和到房子里去。优衣库(Uniqlo)或玛莎百货(M&S)的内衣很容易穿进去。依偎在廉价的羊毛毯子下。”

10.调查你的热量在哪里流失

让热量散去,让冷空气进入你的家,就像把硬币从窗户扔出去(或者至少从他们安装新马桶时在墙上留下的洞扔出去)滚筒式烘干机).所以,确保墙壁上的任何缝隙以及所有的窗户、门和阁楼的舱口都密封得很好,在门窗上悬挂隔热窗帘或厚重的窗帘,不要忘记给你的信箱装上挡板和除尘器。

如果你的房子有一个烟囱,但你从来没有在里面生火,确保烟囱是堵塞的:热量可以很容易地从那个地方散发出来,通风也可以进来。你可以把烟囱盖上,或者,如果你偶尔生火的话,买一个充气的烟囱气球——只是在点燃火柴之前不要忘记把它取下来。

“如果你不点火,检查一下是否有风从烟囱里飘下来。去年冬天,我在我的烟囱里装了一个烟囱气球,它带来的变化是惊人的。”

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