Living in Your Pure Home
In this section we provide you with some useful tips on saving energy and ways to reduce and recycle your household waste.
Your new Pure Home has been designed to be energy efficient, making it more economic to run, with less impact on the environment. Below are some suggestions to help you maximise efficiency of appliances in your home, saving you money and reducing carbon footprint.
- Set a time to control your heating system
- Turning a heating thermostat down by 1 degree can save you around £30 a year.
- Use a thermostatic radiator valve to control individual radiators
- Check radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
- Draw your curtains at dusk to retain heat
- Ensure your heating and hot water systems are maintained regularly.
- Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle.
- Descale your kettle regularly, limescale affects its efficiency
- Your shower & bath thermostatic mixing valves have been set to maximum temperature for both energy efficiency and to comply with the latest building regulations,
- A standard shower uses only around 40% of he water required for a bath.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing. A running tap uses over 6 litres of water per minute.
- Ensure taps are properly turned off and if a tap is dripping, change the washer promptly. A leaking tap can waste over 5000 litres of water a year.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs
- Turn off household appliances when not in sue – the still use energy in standby ode.
- When replacing new electrical goods, choose ‘A’ rated models with the energy
- Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge, it take more energy to cool the contents.
- Defrost your freezer frequently & check all door seals.
- Use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring to prevent heat loss
- Use lidded saucepans to heat up contents faster, with less energy
- Using pressure cookers, steamers and microwaves takes less energy.
- Use a low temperature setting, wash only full loads or use a half-load or economy programme
- In summer, dry clothes outside
- A fully-loaded dishwasher uses less energy and water than washing by hand.
For further information on energy-saving tips, visit www.energysavingadvice.co.uk
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle
As part of our commitment to promote sustainable living and working, we are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. Similarly, we would like to encourage you to reduce.
All local authorities now have recycling facilities and there is also plenty that householders can do within their home and garden in support of a more sustainable lifestyle.
The above Household Waste Recycling Centre recycles over 80 per cent of all incoming waste
- Do not buy items with excess packaging
- Take your own bags when you go shopping
- Buy concentrated products that use less packaging
- Remove your name from junk mail lists
- Use a compost bin
- Do not buy disposable items if re-usable options exist
- Use items again and again i.e. plastic bottles/cups
- Repair broken items
- Re-use envelopes
- Donate unwanted items to charity
Use your local authority’s guidelines and/or:
– Glass – Use Bottle Banks
– Clothes – Take to charity shop Tools, Furniture Toys
Visit furniture re-use network
– Donate to charities or schools
Your local authority contact details & collection days can be found in your Home Owner Pack. Please contact them for further information.