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Energy Saving Tips

No matter what your budget, Energy Saving Grants can offer you free advice to help save money on your energy bills. Everybody has the budget for that!

  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.

  • Only boil as much water as you need when using a kettle.

  • Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.

  • Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F – Turning down your thermostat by 1 degree could save you up to £65 a year.

  • Energy costs money do not leave appliances on standby – this could save around £35/year on energy bills.

  • Take a shower – it’s faster, cheaper and more efficient than your bath.

  • Make sure the brightness setting on your TV is suitable for your room. The brighter the TV is set, the more energy it uses. The factory settings on TVs are often too bright for home use.

  • If possible, fill the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher – one full load uses less energy than two half loads.

  • Put your digital recorder on a separate plug socket so you can turn off everything else at the mains but keep your series link recordings.

  • Do a Home Energy Check! Just answer some simple questions about your home and we’ll provide you with a free report, informing you how you can save up to £280 a year on your household energy bills!

  • Shop around for the cheapest gas and electric prices. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using a price comparison website. We recommend checking for the best rates every 12 months.

  • An Energy Monitor is an excellent way to keep track of how much electricity you use in your home and you can save hundreds of pounds by observing and acting upon the information it provides.

  • Gas and electricity company's make money by keeping customers and getting the most out of old customers. They don't get that by giving the cheapest rates. It is well worth shopping around for the best deal with comparison sites.

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Please note that you do not necessarily need to be in receipt of tax credits or benefits as we still may be able to obtain funding for you via your Council or through other funding schemes.

Tips that cost a little

  • A Smart meter Overall, smart meters can save money in homes that intend to monitor their usage and adjust their power consumption. You will also know the exact cost of what you are spending. Because you know the exact cost you won't waste energy.

  • An Eco-Button is a very simple, yet extremely effective way of saving saving energy and money whilst helping the environment. By simply pressing one button, your computer will be put on standby, thus saving you up to £50 per year off your electricity bill, whilst at the same time reducing your carbon footprint by up to 13.5kg a year!

  • Did you know that fitting Radiator Insulation Panels behind your radiators could reduce your heating bill by up to 20% or £60 per year? The panels work by reflecting the heat from your radiators back in to your house – this heat would normally be lost through the walls of your property. There are two types of Radiator Panel available: Radflek and Heatkeeper and they can be easily installed within a couple of hours. Try them, and see the difference they can make.

  • An energy efficient light bulb uses up to 80% less electricity than an incandescent bulb and could last up to ten times longer. So switching to an energy efficient bulb could save you up to £55 over the lifetime of a bulb.

  • Check for draughts around doors and windows. Draught proofing is easy to fit, is very reasonable and will help reduce those annoying draughts around your home!

  • A letterbox draught excluder is also another simple, inexpensive technique of reducing draughts and saving on your fuel bills.

  • If you have an open chimney in your property, consider fitting a chimney pillow which will help to minimise debris, soot and bird mess; decrease outside noise; and will stop updraughts and downdraughts and therefore reduce your heating bills.

  • Tumble Dryer balls are yet another simple and inexpensive way of saving money without you having to make any effort. The Dryer balls work by lifting and separating the laundry whilst drying – this can cut the drying time by up to 25% and can reduce creasing.

  • Consider investing in an intelligent mains controller so that all the equipment linked to your TV (eg. DVD player, games consoleetc) are automatically switched off whenever the TV is turned off.

  • If you have an old hot water tank, fitting a new, 75mm thick jacket on your hot water cylinder could save you around £40 per year. The jackets themselves cost from around £10 – £20 so could pay themselves off in under four months (based on the average household consumption of 40,400 litres of hot water per year in a 3 bed semi-detached home)

  • It is estimated that each time we boil the kettle, we boil twice the volume of water required – which means twice as much energy and twice the cost! By using an Energy Efficient Kettle you can save up to 66% energy compared to a regular kettle!


Tips that cost a bit more

  • Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation: Insulating your home is one of the most cost effective ways of reducing your fuel bills, as well as making your property more comfortable to live in by keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in summer; and by helping to reduce condensation. Government Grants of up to 100% are available to help with the cost of insulating your home.

  • By utilising Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology and Solar Thermal technology, you can harness the power of the sun to produce free electricity and hot water to use in your home. Not only will they reduce your CO2 emissions they will also substantially reduce your energy bills. The Government provides a lucrative Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) to encourage people to adopt Solar PV technology and if your roof faces between south-east and south-west then you may even be eligible to have a Solar PV system installed free of charge. Please click here for further information and to find out whether your home is suitable for Solar.

  • Double-glazed and Triple-glazed windows create an insulating barrier which significantly reduces heat loss, noise and condensation. However, if you are not able to afford the cost of replacing your existing windows, you could have secondary glazing fitted to the existing windows.

  • If you are thinking about buying a new electrical appliance such as a TV, fridge, tumble dryer etc., look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo. This is your guarantee that the appliance you buy is among the most energy efficient on the market.

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