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 footprint.
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 be 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.
- Only boil the amount of water that you need when using the kettle.
- Check to see if you are eligible to receive a grant for your home.
For more information you can email the energy and efficiency team.