The average UK home wastes around £250 annually through energy inefficiency. One of the biggest problems is poor insulation in walls and lofts. Good insulation retains heat in winter, reducing bills, and will also cool the home in summer.
The costs of heating, lighting and running the appliances in your home doesn't need to be so high. Taking some simple steps can cut your bills by hundreds of pounds, as well as help reduce the effects of climate change. The next steps will send you on your way to cheaper fuel bills and you will start saving money immediately.
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FREE WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR ENERGY USAGE
Ten Easy Energy Saving Tips which can be done immediately to start helping you save money on your energy bills while also helping the environment:
- Turn down your hot water temperature to 60°C
- Turning down your thermostat by just one degree can save 10% of your heating bill and/or if you have a programmer or timer use it to switch the heating off when you are not at home
- Don’t leave appliances on standby or on charge unnecessary
- Wash your laundry at 30°C (means you use 40% less electricity than at 40°C), and most powders work just as well at lower temperatures. Make sure you use a full load too!
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you are using an electric kettle)
- Switch all your bulbs to energy saving bulbs which use 80% less energy and last 10 times longer
- Draught proofing by filling gaps with newspaper, beading or sealant can save you around £20 a year on your heating bills
- When buying your next appliances buy ones that are more energy efficient (A or A+ rated)
- Fit a tank jacket to your hot water cylinder that's at least 75mm (3") thick and you could save around £20 a year
- Line dry clothes outside instead of using a tumble dryer. Tumble dryers are a major user of electricity in the home
- Is the electricity and gas company you use the cheapest?
- There are many energy comparison sites available to help you find the cheapest provider for you such as Money Saving Expert
- Ask your Utility Provider on ‘Green Electricity Tariffs’ which is electricity generated from sources which minimise environmental impacts and utilises renewable sources of energy or ‘Social Tariffs’ which ensures that the most vulnerable consumers benefit from the cheapest rates of energy and access to important support.
- For people over 60 there is an annual winter fuel payment available - The winter fuel payment helpline is 0191 21 87777.
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