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Energy Saving Tips

Energy bills are rising dramatically. However, simple actions can help cut your electricity and gas consumption to make your home more efficient and save you money.

We have put together our top ways to reduce bills throughout the home, helping you to save, whether you are putting the heating on, cooking your favourite meal or doing the laundry.


Reduce your Heating bill

  1. Don’t put heaters under windows or cover them with curtains. This wastes heat and can be unsafe.
  2. Avoid opening doors and windows to cool a room if it’s too hot. Turn the heating down instead.
  3. Turn the thermostat down; a 1-degree reduction can save up to ten percent on your heating bill.
  4. Run the heating for less time each day, especially when the house is unoccupied, or you have gone to bed.
  5. Replace boilers over ten or more years old with a new high efficiency, condensing model.
  6. Install a new heating controller, the latest digital models are much more efficient.
  7. Place silver foil behind the radiators in your house that are on outside walls.
  8. Ensure that your hot-water tank, if you have one, is well insulated. Buy an approved British Standard insulating jacket.
  9. By insulating your hot pipes, you help to retain the heat that passes through to the radiators allowing for your heating to be more effective for less.
  10. A typical UK home will lose about 20% of its heat through poor ventilation and draughts, buy a brush kit or flap for the inside of your letterbox, and fit draught excluders to the bottom of your windows and exterior doors.
  11. Put an extra layer of clothing, such as a vest or base layer and turn the heating down slightly.
  12. Loft insulation that is 270mm (10 inches) thick will save you up to 20% off your heating bills.
  13. Add thermostats to each of your radiators. These can also be linked to a central control system.
  14. Bar Fires, Convector or Fan Heaters are expensive to run compared with other forms of heating. If possible, think about changing to gas central heating.
  15. Draw curtains at dusk to keep heat in the room, ensuring that you do not cover any heaters or radiators, especially if below windows.
  16. Gaps and draughts around windows, skirting boards and floor cracks are simple to fix yourself with just a tube of sealant. This could save you around £40 a year.
  17. Double glazing will cut the heat loss through windows by half and can save you over £100 a year.
  18. Use a chimney balloon to seal chimneys that are not in use, an old pillow may also do the job. This will help keep heat from escaping your property.
  19. Remember not to set the thermostat too high on your water heating. 60°C/140°F is usually enough.


Reduce your Electricity bill

  1. Utilise energy saving light bulbs and turn them off when you are not in the room.
  2. Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to improve their efficiency and reduce the amount of electricity needed to keep your food cool.
  3. Position fridges and freezers as far from cookers and heaters as you can. They need to work harder to keep your food cool when the exterior temp is high.
  4. Don’t put hot food in the fridge – cool it down first.
  5. Run your washing machine on full loads – and use half load or economy programmes when appropriate.
  6. Use your tumble dryer sparingly, dry clothes by hanging them outside or in the home.
  7. Plan your ironing so that clothes which need lower temperatures are ironed first.
  8. Use low energy programmes on dishwashers for all but the very dirtiest crockery.
  9. If you can, wait until you have a full load before using your dishwasher.
  10. Computer screen savers only protect the life of the monitor. Unless the screen saver switches off the monitor, it will not save energy. Remember to switch off when not in use.
  11. Switch appliances and electronic goods off (do not leave on standby). Standby reduces the power consumption, but not entirely.
  12. Use the right sized pan for the food and the hob. It uses more energy to heat a pan or pot with a larger volume or surface area.
  13. Keep saucepan lids on to keep in the heat.
  14. Boil the kettle for cooking water, as this is most efficient. Don’t overfill – only boil the water you need.
  15. Make toast in the toaster not under the grill. It’s quicker and uses less energy.


Reduce your Water bill

  1. Never leave the tap running – including when shaving or brushing your teeth.
  2. Have a shower instead of a bath! Or if having a bath, share (the water!)
  3. Fix leaking taps, especially for hot water.


We hope that these tips help to alleviate some of the strain that the price increases on energy bills is having.

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