To save electricity, water and washing powder, only put your washing machine on when you have a full load. One full load uses less energy than two half loads. Set your machine to a 40⁰C cycle instead 60⁰C and you’ll use a third less electricity. Most washing powders work just as well at lower temperatures, so you could save even more electricity by washing at 30⁰C. If the weather’s good, hang your clothes outside to dry, rather than using a tumble dryer.


To keep your fridge and freezer running efficiently, defrost them regularly and position them away from cookers, radiators and heaters. Don’t overwork your fridge by putting warm food straight onto the shelves – let it cool down first.


Using a toaster is more economical than using the grill to make toast. When it comes to using your kettle, only boil as much water as you need (but be sure to cover the kettle’s element so that it doesn’t boil dry). Your saucepans will heat up faster if you cover them with a lid. You should also match the size of the saucepan to the size of the cooker rings on your hob. Even better, use a steamer and cook three or four different foods all on one ring.