Top 10 Energy Saving Tips

1. Turn to the right! Reducing your heating by 1C can reduce your heating bills by 10%! Who would have thought a tiny clockwise turn could be worth so much!

2. Know your numbers! Using your programmer and thermostatic radiator valves (the little numbered valves on radiators) to optimise your heating can bring huge savings. If you have a water tank, make sure it’s set no higher than 60C (to ward off legionella bacteria). There is no need to have the water hotter, unless you are using it for cooking or making tea! A hot water tank jacket really helps keep the water warm.

3. See the light! Turning off unwanted lights or even changing bulbs to low energy equivalents can bring significant electricity savings. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) can use 90% less than standard halogen bulbs!

4. Stand-by for lower bills! Items in stand-by are using electricity unnecessarily. Make it easy for you to turn them off if you can. There are a host of remote control stand-by savers which you can buy to keep the power down.

5. Money dripping out of the tap! Tightening those dripping taps and fitting shower heads and tap aerators can reduce your water flow rates and heating and water bills without affecting (and in many cases improving) performance.

6. Tighten up and close the curtains! Draught-proofing doors and windows can make the property less vulnerable to cold draughts in the winter Combined with thick curtains, they are the next best thing to new glazing. Chimney balloons can also help with those draughts up the chimney, Whilst draught excluders can keep the cold air away from the base of doors. Remember to keep moisture controlled in bathrooms and kitchens if you make your home airtight.

7. Keep it warm up top! Insulating your loft is a great way to reduce your energy bills if you have a pitched roof. If your loft is full of belongings, it may be a good time for a clearout or to put boarding down if you need the storage. Regardless, loft insulation’s excellent performance will decrease if squashed with things laid on top.

8. Use science when buying your appliance! Households are using more and more electrical appliances. Choosing more efficient appliances when you purchase a new product can mean lower costs over the appliance lifetime. Sometimes spending a little bit more means saving a lot more!

9. Take care in the kitchen! There are a host of things that you can do in the kitchen, which include: - washing clothes at 30C, minimising the use of the tumble dryer (but be careful drying clothes in cold air-tight rooms), keep the fridge and freezer full to maximise efficiency, use the right sized hob for the job, turning the heat down and covering pans to lower fuel use.

10. Green Deal! The Green Deal is the government’s flagship energy saving scheme to provide the upfront finance for the works required allowing repayments to be made via savings made on the energy bill.

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