Energy Saving Tips

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  1. Turn your thermostat down a little. Reducing your room’s temperature by only  1°C can cut your heating bills by up to 10%. That’s about £40 a year.
  2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F
  3. Close your curtains at once the sun goes down and stop that heat escaping through the windows. The thicker the curtains, the more heat they keep in.
  4. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and plug out your mobile phone charger.
  6. Use the half-load or economy programme if you’re not filling up the washing machine or tumble dryer.
  7. Only boil as much water as you need (it also takes much less time to boil so you get your cuppa a lot quicker).
  8. Wash your laundry at lower temperatures. 40 degrees is plenty.
  9. Use energy saving light bulbs. One can save up to £60 over the lifetime of the bulb…and they last 10 times longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs.
  10. Use tumble dryer balls and cut your drying time by 25%.

….What Else Could I Do?

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What we love at EnergyCompare.org.uk is the determined energy saver. We have even more tips for you below so you can go that little bit further:

  1. Get rid of draughts that waste heat. Get a PVC seal put on your exterior doors and fill in any gaps you may find in flooring and skirting boards.
  2. Think about using an Economy 7 tariff. These use different pricing levels based on night and day energy usage. Night time usage will cost less than energy used during the day. So you can heat up your hot water and store it for daytime use.
  3. Single glazed windows can lose approximately 20% of your home’s heat. Double glazing will insulate your home keeping the heat in and noise out.
  4. Get a little help from mother nature. If it’s sunny outside, hang your clothes out rather than using the dryer.
  5. If your feeling a little bit chilly, don’t reach straight away to turn on the central heating, grab an extra layer of clothing instead.
  6. Wait for a full load of washing for your washing machine or dishwasher before switching it on. This will help cut down on electricity and water use.
  7. Fix those taps. A dripping tap is not only annoying but wastes more water than you think –up to 2000 litre a month!
  8. Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate around the room.
  9. Fit a nice snug insulating jacket to your hot water tank.
  10. 70% of the head from your radiators is simply heating the wall behind. Fit heat reflector radiator panels. You’ll quickly find that your radiators start spreading the heat more evenly and warm your rooms up to twice as quickly as before. They are completely hidden and there’s no need to remove your radiator for installation.