Top Energy Tips
Here's a few helpful tips for staying warm this winter, while keeping your bills low.
Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and typically saves around £55 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when you need it rather than all the time.
Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. Devices left in standby account for 10% of UK energy use. Unplug everything when you’re not using it, or use a power-down plug, and save £40 per year.
If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads
Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so pop into My Home and book a plumber to come out and fix any leaking taps!
Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you between £40 and £65 over its life, depending on usage.