Saving energy in your home
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- Energy saving tips
- Using your heating system efficiently
Energy saving tips
Whilst installing energy efficiency measures in your home can greatly reduce your bills, you can also make big savings by making some easy low cost changes. You will also be helping to protect the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
Here are just a few ideas you can try yourself:
- Defrost your fridge and freezer to make sure they're working efficiently and that the door closes properly.
- Turn off lights, appliances and chargers when not in use. Turning appliances off standby could save you £30 a year.
- Set the washing machine to 30 degrees where possible and only boil as much water as you need in the kettle.
- Use a real time energy monitor to track your energy use. Energy Monitors are available to borrow free of charge from some libraries.
- Heat your home to the right temperature: your living room should be 21 degrees and the rest of the house should be 18 degrees. If your thermostat is set above 21 degrees, you could save up to £75 a year by turning it down by just 1 degree.
- Install reflective panels behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
- Fit thermal curtain lining; draw curtains at dusk to retain heat and open them during the day when the sun can warm up the room.
- Turn your lights off when you are not using them, this can save around £14 a year.