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Turn off your appliances when not in use

Some studies say that appliances in standby consume about 10% of total electricity. If your plugs don't have switches, consider using a power strip or a timer plug.

1710kg CO2 saved

Replace single with double-glazed windows

This isn't a cheap option, but it has a huge effect on your home's efficiency (and comfort). Can't install double-glazing? Thick curtains or removable insulating window panels.

1350kg CO2 saved

Purchase green energy

This is one of the easiest changes to make. Most energy providers nowadays provide a green energy plan, often the same price as energy that uses fossil fuel.

1300kg CO2 saved

Insulate your water heater

Hug your water heater, the planet thanks you (don't actually hug it, search for Water Heater Insulation Blanket).

450kg CO2 saved

Seal gaps around windows and doors

Draught can be a big source of heat loss. You can save energy by sealing gaps around windows, or installing draught-proofing beneath doors

323kg CO2 saved

Turn your thermostat down 1º in the winter

Throw on a sweater and wooly socks instead of turning up the heat in winter.

300kg CO2 saved

Wash clothes in cold water

It's common to wash white clothes in warm water. Cold water does just as well and reduces your footprint.

300kg CO2 saved

Improve your home's cooling/heating efficiency

Proper insulation, like cavity wall insulation, draught-free windows and doors, and more are highly effective at keeping either cool or warm air in your home.

180kg CO2 saved

Buy recycled paper

Not only does it produce less CO2 to manufacture, but you avoid the whole bit of chopping down, transporting and processing trees.

130kg CO2 saved

Install solar panels

Although a hefty upfront investment, solar panels not only reduce your carbon emissions as save you money on the long-term.

119.5kg CO2 saved

Hang dry clothes

When possible, avoid a tumble dryer and dry your clothes on a line.

100kg CO2 saved

Close your curtains or shutters on hot days

Avoid turning on that AC as much as possible.


Set your boiler at a maximum temperature of 60°C

This makes it run efficiently and hygienically.