What do you do to save energy?

If you know of a way to help save our planet, even just a small part of it put it here. Also if you want to ask how to help, or even if you want to promote your environmental organisation. All goes here.
craig.r
Tom Good
Tom Good
Posts: 81
Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:28 pm
Location: Long Eaton, Nottingham, UK
Contact:

What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175093 craig.r
Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:10 am

ok just interested to see what everyone else does to save energy.

I make sure everything that needs to be turned off is turned off at the plug.
every bulb in the house for the last 6 years has been an energy saving one.
i always use the eco setting on the washing machine.
i have a 3 second kettle
i have 2 solar chargers, i for my phone and one for batteries.
i use the fast bake program on my bread maker.

also saving for a wood burning stove. :thumbright:
Its Good to be green but even better to be self sufficient.

User avatar
Milims
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 4390
Joined: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:06 pm
Location: North East

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175110 Milims
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:35 am

Sleep a lot!
Oh - you mean household energy not personal energy! :lol:

Do a big roast of meat on a Sunday that can be used for much quicker meals throughout the week, and while it's in I fill the oven with other baking stuff
Use a pan with steamer tiers so that the veg can all be cooked together.
Use a slow cooker
Use a pressure cooker
Put the lids on pans
Use the microwave
Hoover only once a week :oops: :lol:
Let us be lovely
And let us be kind
Let us be silly and free
It won't make us famous
It won't make us rich
But damn it how happy we'll be!
Edward Monkton


Member of the Ish Weight Loss Club since 10/1/11 Started at 12st 8 and have lost 8lb so far!

User avatar
StripyPixieSocks
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1175
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:34 pm
Location: Carnyorth, Cornwall

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175123 StripyPixieSocks
Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:47 pm

Only heat one room (and only if we absolutely have to)
Fill the oven if I'm using it and use the microwave to re-heat things
One small light on in the evening
Turn off all plugs when not in use

User avatar
KathyLauren
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 396
Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:57 pm
latitude: 44.5
longitude: -66
Location: East Coast of Canada

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175170 KathyLauren
Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:04 am

Cut back on unnecessary travel. We collect all our errands and make one trip into town every two weeks. Take vacations to nearby destinations instead of going halfway around the world.

Eat local produce when possible. We recently switched from imported orange juice to locally-grown apple juice.

Make sure the house is well insulated. We heat with wood, which doesn't mean we use less heating energy, but it is renewable energy and it doesn't require huge infrastructure, which would require energy.

We turn out lights when not in use, use fluorescent light bulbs (and will use LEDs when they are more available), use the microwave for cooking when feasible.

User avatar
homegrown
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 440
Joined: Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:03 am
Location: North Canterbury, NZ, somewhere between reality and heaven

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175171 homegrown
Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:22 am

Turn off all those little glowing lights on appliences, you would be surprised how much they use.

we removed all but two of the thirteen lights in the lounge

watch tv in the dark
Our remote ancestors said to their mother Earth, "We are yours."
Modern humanity has said to Nature, "You are mine."
The Green Man has returned as the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the universe, "We are one."

Author Unknown

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1517
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175185 Flo
Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:41 am

Touchy subject as I've had to run an industrial size dehumidifier to dry out the flat after another flood (2 in 3 months). I do wish the tenant in flat upstairs would stop having baths.

I'm going to have to find a lot of energy saving measures to cut the bill right down. Not sure what yet but a lot. Thinking hat on.

Durgan
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1162
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:02 pm

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175218 Durgan
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:58 pm

I do absolutely nothing to save energy, as long as my income is sufficient. This is like most people in the Western world.

If and when my pocketbook feels the pinch, then certain selected thing will have to be cut back.

If gas goes to 20 dollars a liter, then the road will be less crowded, since many people have insufficient income not to be inconvenienced. The world has always been that way and will continue, people being people.

As one person I know 81 years of age, said, "I spent most of my life trying to get the standard of living I now enjoy, and am going to die enjoying such".

With the fat and well fed cutting back anything is beyond mere lip service.

My present wife thinks God invented Niagara Falls so he house can be kept at exactly 20 degrees C, Winter and Summer.

Enjoy it while you can, it wont last, when the third world comes aboard.

Reality Check!

User avatar
Gem
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 240
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:37 pm
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175399 Gem
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:55 pm

I only drive when absolutely necessary
Have not flown in years
Fill the oven when cooking (though occasionally get biscuits that taste like roasting veg!)
Use energy saving bulbs, though I will say, I hate them! I hate dim rooms and they just don't seem to produce enough light..
Grow my own veg to save on veg travel costs
Dont eat meat! - People will poohoo this but the travel costs alone of transporting meat from field to slaughter house to butchers is significant.
Put on a jumper rather than turning on the heating! (Though I do prefer it too cold than too warm)
Buy second hand - A lot of people I know don't get the reduced energy cost of second hand to new goods.
Try and buy locally sourced goods where possible (local honey is the best as it helps my hayfever!)

I'm sure there is other stuff but hey thats a start! :wave:

Sally Jane
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 152
Joined: Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:03 pm
Location: West Cumbria

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175980 Sally Jane
Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:39 pm

I use an old fashioned carpet sweeper ( Bissel/Ewbank type) and brush and dustpan , and only get the hoover out for jobs that they can't cope with.
Always use washable rags for cleaning up now, and wash and reuse them until they fall to bits!
I dress in layers rather than put the heating on.
I never cook in the oven (gas = money-hungry!) unless I can put a couple of loaves of Pat R's soda bread or some buns or biscuits in alongside.
I use the slow-cooker a lot, and it's a Godsend.
I never leave anything on stand-by these days, and of course all the bulbs are low-energy, dismal things that they are.
Plan our car use to fulfil multiple errands per trip.
Use a wind-up radio - but I find it knackeing, so provides good exercise too!
I use washable sanpro.

Ambitions:
To recycle old sheets into washable wee wipes.
To organise my shopping and cooking so that I buy bigger joints and have leftovers to use up like Granny did (Cold meat on Monday, stew on Tuesday, etc)
To get solar chargers for phone and batteries.
To grow my own veg next year - my garden still looks like the Somme, and the fences and shed still aren't up yet!
To get a Wormery - the two of us just don't generate enough waste for a full-size compost bin.

Strikes me that I still have a long way to go! :?
We all have two gifts we should try to use as much as possible - imagination and humour.
Imagination compensates us for what we are not.
A sense of humour consoles us for what we are.
And wisdom tells us not to worry about it!

User avatar
mamos
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 465
Joined: Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:17 am
Location: FCUK Falmouth Cornwall United Kindom
Contact:

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #175988 mamos
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:07 pm

I suppose the biggest thing we do is live in a house smaller than most peoples living room.

we only have one small heater that heats the whole house in minutes

I run my vehicle 100% on waste veg oil

I cycle a lot

I am also planning on making one of my businesses 100% wind/solar powered by the middle of next year

mamos
If you are interested in Self Reliance, Frugal Living, Gardening and becoming Debt Free, follow my Blog Tiny Allotment

The Honk
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie
Posts: 29
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:33 pm
Location: SW Scotland

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #177982 The Honk
Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:22 pm

Bought a very small one storey house that was just a brick shell and built a timber frame on the inside and filled with 100mm celotex, also raised the floor and packed with insulation and laid wooden flooring on top

Wood burning cooking range (used daily) which is also the only source of heating and heats the whole house. We have washing lines above the burner for drying in damp weather.

One 11 watt bulb in the evenings

Thermostatic shower set as low as possible

Drive as little as possible

Very few electrical appliances and no gas or oil

seasidegirl
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 270
Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:33 am
Location: East Sussex, UK

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #189241 seasidegirl
Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:49 am

This is our first year in this house which we bought 'requiring modernisation' so most of our energy savings are still at the planning (saving up for) stage.

Our hall and kitchen are lit by long flourescent tubes. They are quite noisy but nice and bright. Was initially very worried about their energy consumption but now believe that they might be energy efficient - relatively - so advice welcome. Anything we can keep we really need to keep.

Other than this at the moment I always fill the gas oven up when I use it. Only thing is I have to have it on a high setting because it doesn't seem to cook very well when I use the recipe suggesting setting. Have been lent an oven thermometer so am checking. Use a stove top steamer for veg cooking. Great investment that was - 3 veg on one ring.

The house badly needs cavity wall insulation so I'm looking into that. All windows front and back are double glazed but on the coldest side of the house they left the old windows - including two sash ones. They are beautiful but very drafty. In the upstairs loo I dressed it with bubble plastic behind the net curtain. I'm in the process of sewing thermal linings on all the curtains but only cos the previous owner left them in a cupboard.

Our boiler looks pretty damn old, a Potterton one and most of the radiators have had it. They are full of air, as is the whole noisy system, but we are unable to bleed them as someone has worn the nuts away so the key won't turn. Wonder if these nuts can be replaced? If not our local tip has a shop which often has rads for a fiver or less.

I'm interested in any solar charging devices as our house faces south but at the moment we don't have the cash to invest in anything and my husband is fanatical about electricity and the fact that it shouldn't be touched by anyone who isn't qualified. I think cheap portable charging devices are the way to go - phone chargers wd be a good start. And laptops?

We've got two open fires (1930) original tile fireplaces with an open grate. This winter we've burned all the rubbish wood from the garden, mixed with coal. I've a feeling these are not so efficient as log burners but don't think we will be changing them. We have a bit of wood left for next winter but need to stock up and am hoping to scavenge a fair bit or most. I did run the heating on at the same time because its hard to get teenagers to all huddle in the same room with you and tbh its quite a relief to have them upstairs .

My main worry (apart from the spring fuel bills) is the kettle. I drink tea and coffee all day long. I've been trying to investigate the efficiency of my leccy kettle over a gas hob whistling kettle but getting nowhere.
Lots of people I found on the net having discussions on this but no consensus that I cd see. Can't afford the price of a one-cup-kettle and don't have space for it.
Wd consider a gas kettle good investment for space but wd my cuppa be cheaper on gas?

Long post full of questions. Sorry. Like I said we're in a new (old) place so have lots to figure out :oops:

Sorry if I've upset anyone because we're burning coal.
Truth is that I'm really not convinced that us burning coal will effect climate change. I care very much about the environment but as yet am unconvinced that climate change is effected by Co2.

hetty
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:11 am

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #189243 hetty
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:05 am

I can't work out which sort of kettle is cheaper to run either. The way I save energy with the kettle is to put any left over hot water from the kettle in a vacuum flask to use later. I don;t purposely boil more than I need but as I am not very good at calculating how much water to put in I often overestimate so this is where the flask it useful.

seasidegirl
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 270
Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:33 am
Location: East Sussex, UK

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #189244 seasidegirl
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:08 am

Great idea. Thanks :icon_smile:

User avatar
pelmetman
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 802
Joined: Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:25 pm
Location: Lincolnshire
Contact:

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Post: #189254 pelmetman
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:35 am

We do as much cooking as possible and always have a couple of kettles of hot water on the stove :iconbiggrin:
christmas 2009 020.JPG
christmas 2009 020.JPG (39.01 KiB) Viewed 3143 times
Lamb Shanks cooking, and coffee keeping warm along with two kettles of hot water for the washing up, and all with free wood :thumbright:
PS we are always on the lookout for one pot recipies so if you have any please let us know :tongue8:
Kind Regards
Pelmetman Dave
Pelmetlady Sue
Pelmetdog Troy


Return to “But what can I do?”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests