Energy Saving Tips
Saving energy can begin at home, not only for environmental reasons but also implementing some of the simple low cost steps shown below could help you save 20% on your energy bills annually.
Top Ten Tips for energy saving in the home:
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
- Don’t heat unused rooms. Set the radiator to the frost setting and occasionally turn the radiator up to prevent damp (remember there are three causes of damp in properties: Inadequate Heating, Inadequate Ventilation and Inadequate Insulation).
- Is your hot water too hot? Your hot water needs to be no hotter than 60°C (or 140 °F). Fitting an insulation jacket to your hot water cylinder costs around £20 and will save £15 a year.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping though the windows.
Always turn off lights when leaving a room and in unoccupied rooms.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
- If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble drier or dishwasher, use the half load or economy programme. (If possible, dry clothes outside and not on radiators, this will save money on electricity and also help to prevent damp problems.)
- Only boil as much water as you need, remembering to cover elements if you are using an electric kettle.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and, in one week, wastes enough water to fill half a bath. Ensure taps are fixed and fully turned off.
Use energy saving light bulbs, they use one fifth of the electricity a conventional bulb does. Using just one bulb could save you £100 in its lifetime (and they last up to ten times longer than normal bulbs).
As well as these simple measures there are also other steps that can be taken to reduce your energy consumption at home:
- Install loft insulation – 25% of heat loss goes through an uninsulated loft. Installing 200mm of loft insulation can reduce this figure to around 5%.
- Install Cavity Wall insulation – 33% of a home’s heat loss in through uninsulated cavity walls, if a cavity is insulated then the heat loss is reduced to around 8%.
- Consider installing intelligent heating controls for your heating system. Radiator valves and room thermostats can help control heating more effectively and add to the efficiency of your system.
- Replace your boiler with a highly efficient condensing boiler (typically between 88 and 96% efficient compared to 70% in some older boilers). Current building regulations also state now that all replacement boilers fitted since 1st May 2007 have to be condensing boilers (where it is practical to do so).
- Install draught proofing around windows and doors.
- Consider renewable energy as an alternative.
- If you are going away in winter, remember to put you heating onto frost protection to avoid freezing pipes and also to avoid unnecessary energy usage.