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Measure the temperature in your most-used rooms to find hot/cold spots      
Monitor your energy use to find the major/unexpected users (Kill-a Watt meter)      
Review the times for heating (and hot water, if applicable) to come on /off      
Turn off lights when you are not using them      
Turn “greedy” appliances off (not standby) – put several on a shared power bar      
Winter: turn thermostat down to 20C      
Winter: turn thermostat down to 19C…or lower      
Summer: turn thermostat up to 25C      
Summer: turn thermostat up to 26C…or higher      
Take short showers instead of baths      
Only heat the amount of water you need in the kettle      
Run washing machine with cold water and only run when full      
Dry clothes outside when possible, or on drying racks indoors      
Defrost fridge and freezer regularly, vacuum the outside      
Open / close blinds and curtains to help keep warm in winter, cool in summer      
Turn off heating / AC in rooms which are not in use      
Put fridge and freezer in cool areas in the house      
Low cost or DIY      
Find where heat is escaping by getting an infrared scan of your house (ecoCaledon)      
Check hot-water tank insulation, add if necessary      
Check if you need more attic insulation (clues from frost / snow patterns on roof)      
Replace light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones (cfl or led)      
Draught-proof external doors and windows, fireplace dampers, attic hatches etc.      
Insulate hot water pipes      
DIY temporary secondary glazing on single/poorly glazed windows      
Install an outdoor washing line      
Save water costs by installing barrels to collect rainwater for garden use      
Switch to renewable electricity/gas (eg Bullfrog Power)      
Have your heating system inspected to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently      
Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one      
Use timers for things like: pool filter pump, Xmas lights, outdoor lights etc.      
Get Home Energy Audit including leak test (approx. $500 for before & after tests)      
Low-Carbon choices when you have changes planned      
When buying electrical appliances, look for the most energy-efficient model      
Buy the smallest appliance you can manage with      
For building work – exceed current regulations regarding insulation etc.      
Consider triple glazing for north-facing or very large windows      
Choose a wood-burning stove in place of an open fire      
If a wood-stove is not an option, consider a wood-burning insert for your fireplace      
Upgrade central heating controls to programmable      
Consider adding heat recovery systems to kitchen and bathroom extractors      
Seal gaps round any holes in external walls (egg. for drier outlet)      
Choose low-carbon building materials (egg. FSC timber, locally produced)      
Choose low-carbon materials  like natural fibres for floor coverings      
Choose low-carbon insulation (sheep’s wool, hemp, recycled paper, etc.)      
New extension: make use of passive heating/cooling by optimal siting      
If moving house, choose the smallest house you can manage with      
If moving house, look for one with energy-saving features      
Larger projects      
Replace old furnace and A/C with new system (depending on age of current eqpt.)      
Install passive solar for hot water heating      
Install biofuel heating (egg wood-pellet boiler)      
Install solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation      
Install a ground source heat pump (“geothermal”)      
Replace any poorly insulated windows with low-e, double- or triple-glazed versions      
Replace old external doors with highly insulated versions      
Consider extra wall and floor insulation (if suitable for your construction type)      
Consider moving to a smaller house      
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