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Useful Tips

Energy Saving In the Home

20% of your energy bills can be saved every year by taking some simple actions described here:

Efficient Lighting

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs) instead of traditional bulbs. They use 1/5th energy and last up to 10 times as long.
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms and corridors; this can save up to 15% of your lighting bill. Use just the light you need.
  • Clean light fittings annually; dirt reduces lighting efficiency.

Heating & Hot Water

  • Too hot? Set the thermostat to 19°C; Costs rise by 8% for every 1°C increase.
  • Reduce heating when you are away from the house, for example holidays and weekends.
  • Fit a lagging jacket – lagging your hot water cylinder will keep the water hotter for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 months.
  • Fit an insulated jacket and cover on your cold water tank. Prevents cold water tank freezing and dirt and dust out of tank.
  • Fit reflective panels behind radiators on outer walls
  • Keep radiators clear, don’t block radiators with furniture; it reduces efficiency and output.
  • Keep windows closed in cold weather. If you are too warm, turn the heating down instead.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Hot water: Of course it should be hot, but it doesn’t need to be scalding. Exposure to water at 55°C will cause 3rd degree burns in less than a minute. Setting the cylinder thermostat at 60°C max is easily hot enough for bathing and washing.

Draughts and Insulation

  • Insulate your attic and walls – attic & wall insulation will keep the heat in your home for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 years.
  • To eliminate draughts and wasted heat use an easy-to-fit brush or PVC seal on your exterior doors.
  • Stop draughts and heat escaping through floorboards and skirting boards by filling gaps with beading or sealant.
  • Seal the attic access hatch with an insulated loft access hatch.
  • Block up unused chimneys or use a chimney balloon to prevent heat escaping from room

Household Appliances

  • Use an eco kettle that allows you to only boil as much water as you need
  • Use a microwave instead of the oven and the toaster instead of the grill when possible
  • Televisions, videos, stereos, and computers: Cut down on wasted energy, by switching appliances off completely rather than leaving them on standby. Use power saver strips to turn off multiple appliances with the push of a button
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