Saving energy & water

Reducing the energy we use can be really simple and will save money, reduce carbon – and create a more calming environment for you and your patients at work – and often at home too.

Saving energy & water at work

SWITCH IT OFF: Switch off lights when you’re the last to leave the room and any possible electrical appliances – computers, printers (where possible), photocopiers etc – at the end of the day.

Office lights left on overnight use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost 5 months!

SWITCH OFF MONITORS: When you’re leaving your computer for a meeting, a coffee or your lunch break, switch your computer to ‘Hibernate’ and turn off your monitor. And at the end of the day.

ADJUST YOUR HEATING: overheating in summer or too cold in winter? Adjust your heating settings or give your facilities team a call so they can do it for you.

Avoid using portable heaters which can confuse thermostats and make it more difficult to heat office spaces effectively.

REMOVE BLOCKAGES: where possible, ensure radiators are not blocked with furniture; this will let air circulate and heat your workspace more effectively.

ONLY USE THE WATER YOU NEED: Make sure you drink enough but don’t overfill water bottles if you know you won’t drink it all.

TURN OFF OR REPORT DRIPPING TAPS: turn off taps rather than leave them dripping, or report it to your facilities manager.

  • If you work for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust you can find more guidance here.
  • If you work for Brighton & Hove CCG or GP Practices speak to your facilities manager for more information.

LED lighting at Brighton General HospitalLED lighting in the corridors at Brighton General Hospital provides a good environment for our patients, and saves carbon and costs.


Saving energy & water at home

Save over £43 a year by using your kitchen appliances more carefully…save up to £150 a year by switching off around the home…

WASH AT 30: Set your washing machine to wash at 30°C – clothes – it gets them just as clean but uses much less power to heat the water.

WASHING UP: Use a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running – or invest in a water saving dishwasher.

ONLY USE THE WATER YOU NEED: Don’t fill your kettle up every time, only boil water for the right number of mugs.

LET THE WEATHER HELP: In good weather dry washing outside to avoid tumble drying. In wet weather an indoor drying rack can also save using the tumble dryer.


BRUSHING TEETH: Did you know you don’t need to use water for brushing  your teeth?

BAG A HIPPO: Ask your water company for help. Most water companies offer free water saving devices such as hippo bags to put in your toilet and shower timers. Sussex water is generally supplied by the companies below.

Southern Water

South East Water

SHORTER SHOWERS: Take shorter showers (can you make it in 2 minutes??) and swap one bath a week with a shower, which uses up to two thirds less water.

The average person uses 150 litres of water a day – that’s enough to fill two whole bathtubs!

SWITCH IT OFF: Turn off lights and other appliances when not in use. Swap bulbs for energy savings ones too.

For more ideas for saving energy and water at home check out these links:

  • See how much water you use with this water calculator or for more water saving ideas visit Waterwise.
  • Try the Energy Saving Trust’s home energy check.
  • Look for government funding for home energy improvements here.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances – some helpful guidance from Sust-it here.