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When you replace a light bulb switch to a very low energy LED bulb: they use approximately one eighth of the energy that incandescent light bulbs use, less than half of a compact fluorescent and last up to 25,000 hours or 15 years in normal use.

Always consider energy efficiency when buying new appliances for your home – they are graded from A* to G, with A* being the most energy efficient. Saving electricity means saving money.

Say No to Unwanted Bags (SNUB!) – don’t accept yet another plastic carrier bag if you don’t really need it. Always carry cloth or other reusable bags with you when you go out. If you have a store of spare plastic bags at home some of the stallholders in Keswick market would be keen to have them.

Before you go to bed at night walk around the house and see how many standby lights and electronic timers you can spot: you might be shocked! Work out how many can be switched off without causing a problem.

Are you a tumble dryer user? A load costs you at least 50p in electricity so have you explored all possibilities for line drying?

Only boil as much water in the kettle as you need at the time (but make sure you cover the element!).

Are you overwhelmed by junk mail? Sign up with the Mailing Preference Service and re-use old envelopes as much as possible.

Make sure all your hot water pipes are well lagged, especially where they go through unheated areas. And don't forget the cold water tank in the loft.

If you have to use the car try to do several jobs in the same journey.

Cut your speed – driving at 60mph rather than 50mph will cost you about 25% more, while speeding at 80mph costs over 60% more!

If you need to change your car, choose the most fuel efficient one, or better still a hybrid. An all electric one may be more suitable if you tend do do short journeys - or do you wait until the Government's new (July 2017) plan for the electrification of road transport is up and running?!

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