Top Energy Saving Tips
- Turn your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £65 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Use energy saving light bulb last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and can save you around £50 over the bulb’s lifetime.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. Leaving them on standby will use up to 8% of the households electricity consumption and by switching them off, could save you between £50 – £90 per year on electricity bills.
- If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads and washing at 30 degrees rather than the higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy. Modern washing powders and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures so unless you have very dirty washing, bear this in mind.
- Only boil as much water as you need.
- Cooking big batches of food at once is more energy-efficient. Storing spare portions in the freezer gives you a supply of ready meals.
- Use the eco setting on dishwashers wherever possible could save you up to £50 pa in electricity whilst saving you on water too.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
The Energy Efficiency Service welcome your enquiries.
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