Saving just 20% of your energy consumption will not only save you money but have a positive impact on climate change.
These easy to action ideas to cut your energy use are taken from the Energy Trust website:
- Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- 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 dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb – and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
- Do a home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and we’ll give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your house hold energy bills.