When buying a new appliance, ask yourself whether you really need it. The true cost of a new product goes beyond its price tag. Consider the (often polluting) materials used in its manufacture, transportation and disposal, with often minimal or no repair possibilities or scope for re-use or recycling.
Technologies do not improve as dramatically as we are often led to believe, so consider the vast range of appliances available on the second hand market. For example, a flat screen TV can be made ‘smart’ by attaching a very low cost casting device.
Turn off lights and appliances when they are not needed. This includes electrical goods on ‘standby mode’, or phones that are fully charged. When replacing a bulb, choose LED. They are more expensive to buy but will last longer and will save energy. Avoid unnecessary lighting, such as picture lighting or feature lighting in gardens. Air dry your clothes rather than using a tumble dryer as it is highly energy intensive. Check out further energy saving measures here.