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Using energy efficiently will help reduce your bills. We can offer you advice on how to do this. Here are a few low-cost and practical measures you can take to save energy in your home and reduce your bills. You can also call us free on 0808 281 2222.
This applies to TVs, stereos, computers and other appliances. Appliances on standby still consume electricity so switch them off completely when not in use. You should also avoid charging laptops and mobile phones unnecessarily.
Think about what you need
For example, don’t fill the kettle with any more water than you need. For washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers you should always make sure that these are fully loaded before running.
Turn down the heating
We all agree that the most important thing is to keep warm in winter, but turning your heating thermostat down by 1°C could reduce your heating bills by up to ten per cent. If you go away for a few days during the winter months, leave the thermostat on a low setting to avoid damage from freezing such as burst pipes.
Close the gaps
Sealing floorboards, and fixing cheap sticky strips to your doors and windows will keep more warm air indoors and make your home more comfortable.
Washing your clothes at 30 degrees is now recommended by detergent manufacturers as they work just as well at a slightly cooler temperature. Drying your clothes on a line when you can will also help.
Energy saving advice
Investments to run a cheaper home
Fit double glazing
Fitting double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by almost 50% and will also help to reduce your heating bill. Closing your curtains when it gets dark will also reduce heat loss.
Replace your boiler
If your boiler is over ten years old it’s likely to be less efficient than more modern boiler designs. Replacing an old boiler with a new high efficiency boiler will help you to reduce the amount that you spend on heating.
Please remember that it is important to ensure that you have your boiler serviced by a registered Gas Safe engineer at least every two years.
Install heating controls
Heating controls help you make sure that your home is heated to the desired level. Most homes control their heating by means of a thermostat through which the preferred temperature level can be set. As soon as the room that the thermostat is located in reaches that temperature, the thermostat will turn off the hot water supply to the radiators. When the temperature drops below that level, it will turn it back on again.
Other available heating controls include programmes to set when your heating and hot water come on and off (so that they are only on when needed) and cylinder thermostats on your hot water tank (if you have one) so that you can set the temperature of the hot water leaving the tank to ensure that this is not heated any more than necessary. A plumber should be able to fit these controls for you.
The more energy efficient a cooker, fridge or washing machine is the less energy it consumes and the less it costs to run. You can save on energy bills by choosing more energy efficient appliances for your home when you come to replace them.
All new electrical appliances and gas boilers are rated according to how much energy they use based on size categories. Therefore, it is best to look for a product with the best energy rating for the size you require. “A+++” rated appliances are the most efficient and “G” rated the least efficient. You can use these ratings to compare the efficiency of the products that you buy. The more efficient the product, the more money you’ll save on energy to use it.
Making sure that your home has a good level of insulation will reduce your energy bills as less hot air will escape through your walls and roof.
Cavity wall insulation reduces heat loss by filling the gap between the two external walls with insulating material. However, this is generally not suitable for older (pre-1940s) homes, which were usually built with a single external wall. In these cases solid wall insulation can be used.
Loft insulation works in the same manner as cavity insulation but, rather than reducing the amount of heat escaping through the walls, it reduces the amount escaping through the roof. New insulation, or topping up what you already have can reduce heat loss by 25 per cent.
Advice and Support
Energy Saving Trust
Ocean Point 1
94 Ocean Drive
T: 0808 808 2282
T: 0300 123 1234
National Energy Action
NEA Cymru / NEA Wales
Room 4E, 4th Floor
1 Cathedral Road
T: 029 2064 4520
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