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Energy Saving Tips

Saving money on energy bills

Check out these handy Energy Savings tips below to see if they can help you make savings on your household bills.

  • Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and typically saves around £50 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.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
  • If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  • Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
  • 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!
  • Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £70 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
(Courtesy of Energy Savings Trust)

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