Top Tips for your Home
Saving energy saves you money - and it doesn’t have to cost anything to start today. Here are some easy steps that can make a difference in your home:
• Reducing the temperature of your home by 1°C can save up to 10 % on your fuel bill. (The optimum room temperature is 21°C).
• It’s more efficient to turn your heating down than to open a window.
• Reflective panels on an outside wall behind water filled radiators can reduce your energy use – make your own from aluminium foil, or buy them from a DIY shop.
• Insulating your home makes a big difference to your energy efficiency. Something as simple as drawing the curtains will hugely reduce your energy loss.
• Make sure you only put cool food in your fridge or freezer, so they don’t have to work harder to maintain the same temperature
• Save water and energy by having a shower – five 5 minute showers cost the same as a single bath.
• When using washing machines or dishwashers, run economy programmes or wait until you have a full load.
• Switch off lights and electrical appliances when not in use – leaving TVs and computers on standby wastes energy and costs you money.
• Low energy lightbulbs are more expensive to buy but are 5 times more efficient and last 12 times as long as ordinary bulbs. For each bulb you fit, you could save up to £7 on your annual electricity bill, or £65 over the lifetime of the bulb.