10 top energy and money saving tips from Mrs Moneypenny

Small everyday changes could make a big difference to the environment and your pocket.

Over the years Procter & Gamble has teamed up with many environmentally friendly organisations – like Energy Saving Trust, Waste Watch and Water Wise – to help make everyday activities more sustainable. We’ve now also joined forces with Mrs Moneypenny from Channel 4’s SuperScrimpers. Here, the well-known entrepreneur, journalist and mother of three shares her smartest tips on how to use less water and energy – and save a bit of money too:

Turn it off
By turning off appliances when you’re not using them, you could save between £50 and £90 a year.

Turn it down
If you turn down your thermostat a notch or two, you could save approximately £65 a year on heating bills and 260kg of carbon dioxide.

30ºC rule
Set your washing machine to wash at 30ºC and you could save about £13 a year on energy bills and 43kg of carbon dioxide.

Time for a cuppa?
Don’t fill your kettle right up every time, but just boil the amount of water you need. This could save you up to £8 in energy bills a year.

Head outside
Try to dry your clothes outside on a line in the warmer months instead of using the tumble dryer. This could save you about £20 a year on energy bills and 65kg of carbon dioxide.

Lights on
By replacing standard light bulbs and halogen spots in your home with energy saving alternatives, you could save around £60 a year on your bills and 190kg of carbon dioxide.

Wash up wisely
If you use a sink of water to wash up twice a day instead of having the hot tap running, you could save up to £35 a year on your gas bill and £30 on your water bill (if you have a water meter).

To load or not to load
Your washing machine uses more water and energy for two half loads than for a single full load. So to save on your water and energy bills, it’s better to wait until you have enough laundry for a full load.

Ditch the pre-wash
With today’s modern washing products you shouldn’t need this function. Try not using the pre-wash and see how much you save on your water and energy bills.

Take an eco shower
By installing an eco showerhead you could save up to £90 on water bills and £60 on water heating every year.