How to save water and energy at home when you're away
Check for leaks a couple of weeks before you go
Even a tiny dribbling leak into the toilet bowl can waste 60 litres of water a day, so imagine the potential mess and horror if a larger leak goes unnoticed before a two-week trip!
If you have a water meter, the simple way to check if you have a leak somewhere is to switch off all the taps and water using devices and check the dial. Numbers still clicking round? You have a leak and it would be wise to call in a plumber sooner rather than later.
Stop the fridge guzzling energy
and freezers might look innocent, sitting there quietly in the corner
of the kitchen, yet they're notoriously heavy on the old energy
bills. Get yours into shape pre-holiday to reduce energy usage and
prevent a nasty leak.
short trips, leave your fridge running as efficiently as possible.
First, raise the temperature to the highest level that's safe for the
food you want to keep: 5°C is optimum for the fridge, -18°C for the
any gaps in freezer drawers and on fridge shelves with any old
containers filled with tap water. The recycling box is a good source
of plastic milk bottles and TetraPak juice cartons ideal for this
purpose. (For containers going into the freezer, be sure to leave
enough room for the water to expand when it freezes!) The fuller the
better, as the appliance can more easily maintain a cool temperature
without drawing any extra energy.
you're away for a long trip and no one will be around to check the
house, safest advice is to eat down the fridge freezer, clean and
defrost it and then switch off completely before you head. No one
wants to come back to a kitchen floor swimming in dirty freezer
Pull those plugs
a fact. Leave your electrical gear on standby – plugged in and
ready but not switched on – and they'll draw a small amount of
energy from the mains 24/7 while you're away. Multiply small amounts
of energy by lots and lots of gadgets? Costs soon rack up, even when
no one's at home.
minute, whip round and check you've unplugged:
>> Chargers for phones and other devices
>> Tvs and stereos
>> Broadband routers and printers
>> Desktop and laptop computers
>> Microwaves, toasters and other kitchen gadgets
>> Radios and alarm clocks
>> Dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines
>> The stove, oven or hob – these may be hard-wired to a wall switch so simply make sure this is off.
checked? Then have a very happy holiday!