Some low cost tips to help you save energy and money.
No Cost Energy Saving Measures
- Turning your room thermostat down by 1°C 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°C for adequate temperature and safety, temperatures below 60°C 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
- Replacing old incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent lamps (CFLs) could save around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. CFLs are well suited to general lighting needs.
- Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights are well suited to spotlight fixtures and dimmable lights. Replacing all halogen down lighters could save around £40 a year.
- Try replacing old inefficient appliances with energy efficient ones. Remember to look for the Energy Saving Trust recommended logo.
- Insulate your hot water tank. A hot water tank jacket should be 75mm thick and will cost around £15. If you are topping up your insulation you could save £20-£30 a year or £85-£130 on an un-insulated tank.
- Fit lagging onto your pipes. This will cost approximately £20 but could save £10 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 £100. Filling gaps around doors and windows could save £10-£50 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!