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Energy Efficiency

We all know that reducing the amount of energy you use is just good sense, with benefits for both the environment and your pocket. Please find advice for each of the services that we offer below. You’ll also find some more advice online at https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/.

 

Heating & Hot Water

  • Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can have a big impact on the cost of your energy bill. A comfortable temperature for a home is usually between 18 and 21°C.
  • Smart home technology is becoming more common and more affordable. Investing in a smart thermostat will give you more control over your heating, even while you’re not at home. Set a temperature as well as a time to ensure you’re only heating your home when you actually need it.
  • It’s true, wearing jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, as well as an extra blanket on the bed is not only cosy, it means you won’t be tempted to turn up the heating.
  • Ensure radiators are clear from clutter or furniture. This will allow the heat to radiate around the room making you feel warmer.
  • Cut the draughts – draught-proofing windows and doors will retain your heat for longer therefore saving you money
  • If your system has thermostatic radiator valves, you can keep a tighter control if the temperature in each room. They’re usually numbered from 1 to 6 – try setting bedroom radiators at 3 or 4, your kitchen at 4 and living rooms at 4 to 6. Any rooms that you are not using on a regular basis turn the valve off or on a minimum setting like 1 or 2.
  • Reduce the time you spend in the shower, one minute less in the shower each day will have an impact on your energy bill. If you have a water meter in your home, this will also help to reduce your water and sewage bills too.
  • Turn the pressure down on the power shower. A high-pressure power shower is a luxury but you’d be surprised how much water they use – sometimes even more than a bath.

Cooling

  • Avoid using some appliances when it is too hot outside. Appliances often produce heat which increases your room temperature. Examples of these appliances are oven, washing machine / tumble dyer, dishwasher, computers, TV and even light bulbs.
  • Aim for a comfortable temperature rather than a cool temperature. Increasing the temperature of your thermostat will mean your cooling doesn’t have to work as hard to reach the temperature.
  • Use fans alongside your cooling which will help circulate the cool air. This may give you a cooler sensation.
  • Closing your curtains or blinds can reduce the amount of heat absorbed through the windows. The lighter the covering, the less heat that will be absorbed into your home.
  • Turn off your cooling, when you’re away from your home.

 

Electricity

  • Make sure you fully load your washing machine or tumble dryer.
  • Reduce the temperature of the wash when you do your laundry. The higher the temperature the more energy is used. Also use shorter wash cycles.
  • Dry your washing outside when you can, it’s much cheaper than using the tumble dryer.
  • Lights make up around 15% of the average household electricity’s bill so turn them off when you don’t need them. You can also invest in energy efficient light bulbs, these create the same amount of light without creating wasted heat, and they use less energy
  • When your appliances need replacing, look for energy efficient appliances. For example, an energy-efficient fridge will use less energy than an old model but still keep your food cool, while an energy-efficient washing machine will get your clothes smelling fresh and clean without using as much power as an older version.