Energy Saving advice can help you save money on your gas and electricity bills by even more by simply cutting back on the amount of energy you use. There are lots of simple every day tips that you can employ to help you save energy and save money.
Please follow our simple guide below. Once you get in to a routine of doing these things you will start to notice the difference.
Simple every day ways to Save Energy
- Do not leave appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, stereos, and computers on standby as they use energy when they are left on. Almost 85% of the energy used by your DVD player is consumed when it is not in use.
- Put a lid on your sauce pan when you boil food as this reduces the amount of gas needed to heat the water
- When filling an electric kettle fill the cup with water and pour this in to the kettle to avoid over filling it.
- Unplug equipment e.g. mobile phones, shavers and electric toothbrushes once they are fully charged, otherwise they will keep drawing electricity.
- When you leave a room turn off the light
- Pull the curtains shut to help save the heat escaping from the room in the evenings
- Only do you washing when you have a full load and use a low temperature program.
- Try to have more showers than baths as they use less water and take less energy to heat the water
- Turn down your room thermostats by a few degrees will make a big difference in the amount of energy you use.
Ways to improve your home
Please follow our energy saving advice below to help improve your home to make it more energy efficient.
- Changing your light bulbs to use energy efficient bulbs. These may be more expensive in the short term to buy but they last around 12 times longer and can save you on average £7 a year on your bills for each light you use them in.
- Loft insulation costs from around £150 and could save up to £70 a year. There are a number of grants available in the UK to possibly help you get part payment towards this. Please see our energy grants section of the web site. [Link to energy grants section of our web site]
- Draught proofing windows and doors costs from around £40 and could save up to £20 a year on your energy bills.
- Secondary glazing on windows costs from around £120 and could save up to £125 a year
- A simple tip is try filling those gaps under skirting boards and between floorboards with newspaper, or mastic sealant costs from £10 and could save up to £20 a year