Energy saving advice

No-one likes to throw money away, but most of us do so every day without realising it. Unless your home is newly built, your heating system is unlikely to be running as efficiently as it could. Yet the average household can save around £200 a year by taking a few energy efficiency measures. As well as making some fantastic savings on your energy bills, you’ll also be doing your bit to help the environment.

Instant savings

There are lots of simple things you can do to become more energy efficient right away:

  • By turning your thermostat down by just 1°C , you can save up to 10% on your annual fuel bills
  • Set the hot water thermostat at 60° to reduce your electricity consumption
  • Set your boiler controls so your heating only comes on when you need it
  • Use the radiators' thermostatic valves (if fitted) to control the heating in individual rooms
  • Fit draught excluders to doors, windows and letterboxes
  • Don’t overfill the kettle – just boil what you need
  • Use a 40°C (or even a 30°C) wash cycle rather than 60°C
  • Run your dishwasher or washing machine with a full load or use the economy cycle
  • Switch off appliances instead of leaving them on standby

Longer term measures

You can further increase the energy efficiency of your home by:

  • Installing a high-efficiency condensing boiler if your boiler is over ten years old
  • Upgrading your central heating system and heating controls, which can save you up to 40%* on your fuel bills
  • Installing at least 250mm of loft insulation as this can save up to 25% of your heating costs
  • Installing cavity wall insulation to reduce up to 60% of the heat lost through your walls
  • Using energy efficient light bulbs, which last up to 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs and use a fraction of the electricity
  • Investing in double-glazing to reduce up to 50% of the heat lost through your windows
  • Getting your appliances serviced regularly to increase their energy efficiency
  • Replacing old appliances with ‘A’ rated energy efficient models to cut energy wastage

As well as cutting your bills, these measures will help to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. That's what we call a win-win!

*based on a 3 bed semi-detached house

Source: Energy Saving Trust

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