Small changes save energy
You can save energy by making small changes to your home and habits, which can have a big impact in saving you money and your carbon foot print!
Here are some changes you can make without spending a penny:
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping. Make sure that your curtains don't block radiators as this will stop heat flowing into the room.
- Don't leave appliances on stand-by.
- Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can cut your bills by up to 10%. Rooms temperatures should by around 18°C, except the living room that should be set at 21°C. For vulnerable people and small children keep room temperatures at 21°C.
- Switch off lights when you leave a room. Energy saving bulbs can save you up to £8 per year per bulb compared to traditional ones. Residents in receipt of benefits can receive two free bulbs from the council.
- Wash your clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C. This uses a third less electricity.
- When buying new appliances choose A-rated ones.
- Only boil the amount of water that you need when using the kettle.
- When cooking use saucepan lids as it will require you to use less energy.
- Keep your boiler thermostat at 60°C and insulate your hot water tank. Hot water tank jackets costs as little as £10.
- Check to see if you are eligible to receive a grant for your home.