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Your long weekend energy saving checklist

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Get ready for a fantastic long weekend without worrying about energy wastage. No need to change your plans, just a few simple adjustments could help you save cash on your energy bills. We've put together a checklist to guide you through the break while keeping energy consumption to a minimum. So let's dive in!

  1. Consider your office space.   Before you set that out-of-office auto-response, take a moment to look around your desk area. Make sure you switch off all task lighting and electronics. Don't forget to check the kitchenette for any appliances left on, and if possible, turn off the air-conditioning and hot-water heaters. It's all about eliminating unnecessary energy waste while you're away.

  2. Switch off. If you're planning to stay at home, how about dedicating a few hours each day for a complete "switch off" time? This means no electronics, including computers, phones, and TVs. Not only will you save energy, but it will also create an opportunity for some quality family time during the holidays.

  3. Make the most of afternoon teatime. Long weekends are perfect for catching up with friends and family, and the kettle is sure to get a workout during those endless chats over a cuppa. But did you know that an electric kettle consumes a significant amount of energy? To be more efficient, only boil the water you need. It's a small change that can make a big difference.

  4. Turn down the heating. Whether you're at home or staying in a holiday house, consider turning down the heating a little. Lowering your thermostat setting by just 1°C can save you 10% on heating costs. It's a smart move that keeps you cosy while being mindful of your energy consumption.

  5. Eliminate standby power. If you're planning to leave your home for the whole weekend or even just a portion of it, don't forget to switch off all appliances and televisions at the power point. By doing this, you can eliminate sneaky standby-power usage, which can add up to 10% of your electricity bill. Stay in control and save some cash!

  6. Use energy-efficient security systems. Looking for home security tips over the weekend? Consider adding motion sensors and timers to your outdoor security lights. This not only enhances security by detecting movement but also helps cut your electricity bill by providing light only when needed. It's a win-win situation!

Explore and find the right energy plan that suits your needs. By taking these small steps to reduce energy use, you can enjoy your break without unnecessary spending.

So, get ready for a fantastic long weekend filled with warm moments and happy memories, all while being energy-efficient.