Tips to Save Energy
Energy Saving Tips
Appliances in your home such as your television, irons, tumble dryers, fridge, washing machine, boiler and lightbulbs consume energy while they are working. Switch them off if you are not using them. They can still consume energy while on standby mode.
You could be wasting your money if they are not energy efficient. Choose energy efficient models when you come to replace them.
Your walls, loft and windows are probably wasting heat energy if they are not properly insulated.
Cheap and simple tips :-
- Replace hallway, kitchen and Lounge lightbulbs with energy efficient lightbulbs, as these are in regular use. Replace the remainder as required. Switch off lights when you leave a room.
- Adjust curtains or blinds to as much light is as possible.
- When redecorating use light pastels colours as well as fitting mirrors to reflect light around the room.
- Make sure your doors and windows are draught proofed. Caulk gaps between your door and window frames and walls. Foam and brush strips help to keep out draughts. It also helps to stop whistling draughts.
- Close doors to each room. This helps prevent draughts and heat loss.
- Use lined curtains for additional insulation. Lined curtains also helps to create a cozy atmosphere. Close the curtains at dusk as the outside temperature drops causing heat to escape.
- A low cost, short-term alternative to double glazing is to tape polythene sheets across window frames.
- Are you too warm at home? Don't waste your money - turn your thermostat down by 1°C. It could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
- Turn down the Thermostats in rooms which are not being used such as the spare bedrooms, sitting room or conservatory.
- For better control of your heating system in your home, install Thermostatic Radiator Valves (RTVs) which allow you to pre-set the temperature in a room.
- Hot water doesn't need to be scalding. For most people, setting the cylinder thermostat at 60°C/140°F is fine for bathing and washing. Many scaldings of small children is as a result of the water temperature being set too high.
- Do not run your taps whilst shaving or brushing teeth. This only lets hot water run down the plug hole. IT IS LITERALLY POURING MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN! Save energy AND water!
- Stop dripping taps for the same reason. This is a relatively simple repair job requiring either replacing a worn washer or the complete tap.
- Take showers instead of regular baths. Showers are time and energy efficient.
- When heating water in the kettle don't fill the water level to the top. Fill enough water as needed. Takes less time to come to the boil, saves you money. Any unused boiled water will only go to waste.
- Whilst cooking adjust the setting to prevent the flames escaping from underneath the pan. If boiling, use the kettle to bring to the boil then transfer the water to the pan. This saves you time and money.
- Don't leave either the fridge or freezer doors open place for extended periods. This allows the cold to escape. Place hot food on the side to completely cool down prior to transferring to the fridge or freezer for similar reasons. The heat from the cooked food will temporarily raise the temperature inside the fridge/freezer allowing bacteria to grow. The cold temperature does not kill the bacteria, the cold simply stops the bacteria from growing.
- When washing clothes separate colours and wash full loads. Use low temperature setting programmes and washing powder at lower temperatures.
- Use an outdoor clothes lines - it's free. Use a clothes horse for light garments. Ring clothes to remove any excess water prior to drying. Don't overfill the tumbler dryer, the clothes need the hot air to freely circulate and evaporate the water.
- Regularly service you boilers and flues. This prevents any carbon monoxide poisoning as well as maintaining the efficient burning of gas. Replacing old inefficient boilers can save you over 20% of your fuel bills. Grant are available, refer to our Grant Page.
- Inspect the level of loft insulation. Inadequate insulation allows heat to escape. The current preferred level of insulation is 200mm (10"). Additional insulation will save you money. Grant are available, refer to our Grant Page.
- Inspect the insulation jacket to the hot water tank. Replace ill fitting jackets. The cost of a new jacket will pay for itself within months. Fit the recommended British Standard 750mm thick jacket, costs £10-£15.
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