Some low cost tips to help you save energy and money.
No Cost Energy Saving Measures
- Turning your room thermostat down by 1 degree could save up to 10% on your heating bills.
- Keep your boiler thermostat high to save energy and money. If you lower the boiler thermostat the heating system operates for longer to reach room temperature.
- Keep your hot water cylinder at 60 degrees for adequate temperature and safety, temperatures below 60 degrees promote Legionella bacteria.
- Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Place room thermostats in a north facing room away from draughts and solar heat gains.
- Draw your curtains to prevent heat escaping outside the building.
- Try putting on more clothes, when comfortable turn the heating down.
- Use the eco or economy wash programmes on your washing machine to save money.
- Use your kettle effectively only boil the water you need.
Low Cost Energy Saving Measures
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are the most efficient type of light bulb. Replacing all bulbs in your home with LED lights could save around u00a335 a year on your electricity bill.
- Try replacing old inefficient appliances with energy efficient ones. Remember to look for the u00a0EU energy label to see how efficient the product is. The most efficient products will have an u2018Au2019 rating.
- Insulate your hot water tank. A hot water tank jacket should be 80mm thick and will cost around u00a315. If you are topping up your insulation you could save u00a320-u00a330 a year or u00a385-u00a3130 on anu00a0un-insulated tank.
- Fit lagging onto your pipes. This will cost approximately u00a320 but could save u00a310 a year.
- Radiator reflector panels are fixed behind the radiator. They reflect heat back into the room. The greatest benefits are experienced on un-insulated walls.
- If you are confident at DIY the materials for draught proofing your home will cost around u00a3100. Filling gaps around doors and windows could save u00a310-u00a350 a year.
- Draught excluders can be purchased from most DIY retailers and can be fitted to doors and chimneys to prevent unnecessary heat loss. Remember to remove the chimney excluder when lighting a fire!