Have your furnace and gas appliances serviced annually by a qualified professional. If they don’t work properly, they could be wasting energy or cause a safety hazard.
If you’re looking into gas ranges for cooking, consider an electronic ignition system. They use up to 40 percent less energy than a standing pilot system.
When it comes to burners, look for blue. A blue, cone-shaped flame is a sign of a properly working burner. A yellow flame is a sign of malfunction. It could mean the air inlets are clogged or the burners need adjustment. If you don’t see a blue flame, contact your Gas service provider immediately
Only use an appropriate burner which is almost similar to the cooking appliance circumference as energy will be concentrated to the focal point, for example use the right ring for the right thing, if your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely, if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy
Switch off at the wall when your appliances and devices aren’t in use. Don’t just leave it on standby, it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waste energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
Change your light bulbs to LEDs.
Play energy-saving games with your kids to teach them the importance of switching off to save energy.
Get smarter – investing in a smart thermostat, or at the very least, a programmable one can make you much more efficient about when and how long you’re heating your home.
Save yourself ironing time, take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.
Make things easy for your fridge and freezer, by keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
Heat your home with cooking in winter, leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
Service Your Vehicle
Always service your vehicle as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions. A well-maintained engine generally improves fuel economy.
Keep the Correct Tyre Pressure
Always keep tyres inflated with the correct pressure. A tyre that is under inflated can reduce fuel economy.
Keep Your Battery in Good Condition
Always keep your battery and battery cables in good condition. A battery in poor condition causes a strain on the alternator and this can reduce fuel economy.
Reduce Use of Air Conditioning
Reduce unnecessary usage of air conditioning. Air conditioning puts a drain on the battery and this in turn can reduce fuel economy.
Lighten Your Load
Avoid carrying unnecessary weight on your vehicle. Do not use your trunk for storage. The lighter the load, the lower the fuel consumption.
Avoid aggressive driving practices such as sudden speeding or stopping. Driving steadily in the highest possible gear without labouring the engine lowers fuel consumption.
Do not idle
Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you are in a queue or when waiting for someone.
Plan your Trip
Plan your trips to avoid using congested routes. Driving in heavy stop-start traffic negatively affects fuel economy. If you can, avoid rush hours.
Change your Travel Practices
To save fuel switch to practices such as sharing school rides by carpooling with neighbours, walking, cycling, using public transport and using online services for banking and paying bills instead of driving.
Reducing your normal driving speed will save you fuel.