Start saving energy and money with these easy tips

Heating and Water

  • Turn your heating down by 1°C and use your central heating timer to turn heating on and off and not the thermostat.
  • Put radiator panels behind radiators fixed to external walls to help reflect the heat back into the room.
  • Put draft excluders around the doors and windows. Draft proofing could save you around £25 a year on your heating bills. [Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Energy-saving-assumptions, July 2011]
  • Use thermal or heavy curtains during the winter and close them at dusk. This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Use letter box covers and key hole covers to help minimise draft.
  • Try to limit electric showers to 10 minutes or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you're using.
  • Installing a hot water cylinder jacket could save you around £35 a year. [Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Energy-saving-assumptions, July 2011]
  • Installing primary pipe work insulation could save you around £10 a year. [Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Energy-saving-assumptions, July 2011]
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Electrical Items

  • Turn off the lights you don't need or aren't using.
  • 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. [Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Home-improvements-and-products/Lighting,
    July 2011]
  • Don't leave things on standby, or save over £30 a year on your electricity bills by using a Standby Saver.
  • Ensure all electrical appliances are turned off at the plug when not in use. Some items can still use energy when plugged even if the appliance has been turned off.
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Fridge and Freezer

  • Don't put hot food in a fridge or a freezer.
  • Keep your fridge at the optimum temperature of around 3°C to 5°C.
  • Load and unload your fridge as quickly as possible and don't leave the fridge door open for longer than you need to.
  • Defrost your fridge or freezer on a regular basis to help prevent a build up of ice.
  • Keep fridges and freezers away from cookers and direct sunlight.
  • Get the feather duster out - When dust gathers on the condenser coils at the back of your fridge it can increase its energy consumption.
  • Replacing an inefficient fridge-freezer with an A+ or A++ rated model can save around £38 a year.
    [Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Energy-saving-assumptions, July 2011]

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Cooking

  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you actually need.
  • When boiling vegetables use just enough water to keep them covered.Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally takes less time too.
  • Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring and put a lid on it. This will help save energy as it will cook quicker.
  • Make sure taps are fully turned off after use. This will help save both water and gas.
  • Use a microwave or a pressure cooker instead of the oven as they should cook food quicker.
  • A steamer or segmented pan means you can cook several types of vegetables on one ring.
  • Switch off the oven sooner, as some dishes will cook while the oven is cooling.
  • If you do not use the clock on your microwave turn it off when not in use.
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Laundry

  • Always use a full load in a washing machine.
  • Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever possible.
  • If the weather is fine, dry your laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer.
  • As tempting as it is, don't dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to.
  • Keep filters clean in your tumble dryer.
  • Use Eco Balls in the tumble dryer. They make gaps in the washing to allow the heat to move more freely so clothes will dry quicker.
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