Saving energy

Keeping warm doesn't have to cost the Earth. By making sure you are energy efficient, you should be able to stay warm in your home, keeping the heat up but the costs down.

Top 10 tips for energy efficiency

All of the following tips might not sound like they are directly related to keeping warm but the money you could save by carrying out some of these tips can be spent on other things including warmer clothing and heating costs.

  1. Turn your thermostat down
    Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and typically saves around £50 per year.
  2. Check your boiler
    Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F
  3. Close your curtains
    ...at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors
  4. Turn off the lights
    When you leave a room, flick that switch or turn down that dimmer.
  5. Don't leave appliances on standby
    Remember to consider laptops and mobile phones which may be on charge unnecessarily.
  6. Try not to part-load
    Consider that a full load of a washing machine, dishwasher or tumble drier uses less energy than two half loads
  7. Only boil as much water as you need to
    (If you are using an electric kettle, make sure the elements are covered with water though)
  8. Fix leaking taps
    A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath
  9. Use energy saving light bulbs
    ...as they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you at least £45 over the lifetime of the bulb.
  10. Do a home energy check
    Walk around your home and work out where you can make the best savings

Heating

Heating your home typically accounts for around 60% of your total energy bill every year. However, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the energy you use for heating your home, reducing both your bills and carbon footprint.

  • Consider putting on an extra layer of clothing before turning up the heating
  • Don’t open windows if it gets too hot, adjust the thermostat instead Set the heating to switch off just before you go to bed and on again just before you wake up in the morning to save energy
Further reading

The above is taken from a booklet produced by The Apollo Group and is reproduced with thanks to them.


Page last updated: 23 December 2015

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