Energy Saving Advice
Energy Saving advice can help you save money on your gas and electricity bills by even more by simply cutting back on the amount of energy you use.
There are lots of simple every day tips that you can employ to help you save energy and save money.
Please follow our simple guide below. Once you get in to a routine of doing these things you will start to notice the difference.
Simple every day ways to Save Energy
Do not leave appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, stereos, and computers on standby as they use energy when they are left on. Almost 85% of the energy used by your DVD player is consumed when it is not in use.
Put a lid on your sauce pan when you boil food as this reduces the amount of gas needed to heat the water
When filling an electric kettle fill the cup with water and pour this in to the kettle to avoid over filling it.
Unplug equipment e.g. mobile phones, shavers and electric toothbrushes once they are fully charged, otherwise they will keep drawing electricity.
When you leave a room turn off the light
Pull the curtains shut to help save the heat escaping from the room in the evenings
Only do you washing when you have a full load and use a low temperature program.
Try to have more showers than baths as they use less water and take less energy to heat the water
Turn down your room thermostats by a few degrees will make a big difference in the amount of energy you use.
Ways to improve your home
Please follow our energy saving advice below to help improve your home to make it more energy efficient.
Changing your light bulbs to use energy efficient bulbs. These may be more expensive in the short term to buy but they last around 12 times longer and can save you on average £7 a year on your bills for each light you use them in.
Loft insulation costs from around £150 and could save up to £70 a year. There are a number of grants available in the UK to possibly help you get part payment towards this. Please see our energy grants section of the web site. [Link to energy grants section of our web site]
Draught proofing windows and doors costs from around £40 and could save up to £20 a year on your energy bills.
Secondary glazing on windows costs from around £120 and could save up to £125 a year
A simple tip is try filling those gaps under skirting boards and between floorboards with newspaper, or mastic sealant costs from £10 and could save up to £20 a year
Other ways to find help and energy saving advice
There are a number of organizations that can help give you advice on ways to save energy in your home. These range from simple tips to money and grants you can claim to improve it. Please see the list below for more details.
Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is a non-profit organization funded by the government and private sector. Its role is to give advice on saving energy and help you to look at the way your every day life impacts on climate change.
For lots of energy saving tips and advice visit their web site or give them a call
Click here to visit their web site http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Or call them on: 0800 512 012
The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by Government.Â Their role is to help the UK public sector and business move to a low carbon economy by reducing carbon emissions now and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies
Click here to visit their web site http://www.carbontrust.co.uk
Or call them on: 0800 085 2005
Action on CO2
This is a new web site from the government that is very friendly and fun and easy to use and gives you an idea of what your carbon foot print is like and how to make simple changes in your life to reduce it.
Click here to visit their web site http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk