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Energy saving advice

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.
  • 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.