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Whether you think you may be spending too much money on heating your home or you are shocked by your electricity bill each month, take a look at our energy saving tips to see if there are any you could get on board with:

Lighting

Kitchen

Washing

Electrical

Heating

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting

  • Switch off lights when not needed
  • Use natural light by opening blinds/curtains
  • Replace tungsten lamps with compact fluorescents (CFL)
  • Replace tungsten halogen with CFL equivalent

Kitchen

  • Minimise door opening times of cookers, fridges, freezers
  • On electric hobs make use of residual heat by switching off earlier
  • Only switch on extract fans when needed
  • Cook several items at once in cooker
  • Allow food to cool before putting in fridge
  • Avoid locating fridges/freezers near cookers or radiators
  • Defrost freezer regularly
  • Don’t overfill the kettle
  • Buy most efficient appliances (‘A’ rating)

Washing

  • Use 40ºC wash cycle where appropriate and avoid half loads
  • Use low temperature programmes in dishwashers and avoid part loads
  • Avoid use of tumble driers where possible - use clothes line

Electrical

  • Switch off computers, TVs, DVDs, music systems, printers and electrical gadgets not in use
  • Don’t leave phones on charge continually

Heating

  • Insulate attic to 250 mm thickness insulation
  • Insulate immersion tanks and pipework
  • Consider cavity wall insulation if appropriate
  • Get boiler regularly serviced
  • Consider installing a new condensing boiler
  • Fit a programmable time/temperature controller and ensure it is set correctly
  • Ideal temperature is 20ºC in living areas and 18ºC in other areas
  • Fit Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and set correctly
  • Close all doors and windows when heating is on
  • Draught-proof doors/windows and attic doors