10 Top tips!
- Make sure your home school area has optimal natural lighting to reduce need for artificial lighting.
- Make you have energy efficient lighting – switching from a halogen bulb to an LED can save you up to £3 per year per bulb switch.
- Move around – any learning that can incorporate movement might not only keep you warmer but can be found to improve learning.
- Encourage learning that is book or activity based rather than electronic where you can.
- Limit screen time and make sure all their electronics are turned off at night.
- Make a meal and lesson plan to try batch cooking to use less energy and plan lessons which are low-energy use.
- If you don’t already have a smart meter – ask your energy supplier for one which can help you monitor energy use and identify high energy activities.
- Teach kids about energy and water saving and you can even make it into a bingo game. Try make a list of energy saving activities like ‘turned the tap off while brushing teeth’ and ‘turned the light off in an unused room’ and see who can get energy bingo first.
- Check if you’re eligible for a free energy and money saving appointment here. This includes support to help maximise your income such as a referral to the income maximisation service which can help identify if you’re missing out in any benefits you’re eligible for. You can get further money support here.
- Try get out for a walk or something once a day if you can, time away from electronics can help save a bit of money.
Call Switched On Portsmouth on 0800 260 5907, Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm for further support.
If you’re also working from home read our working from home energy saving tips here.
If you’re struggling with mental health there is also lots of free support services in Portsmouth here.