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Energy saving tips

Energy Saving Tips

We know how energy bills are going up. Here are some tips you can use in your home to cut your bills and be more energy efficient.

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Turn your thermostat down

One of the easiest things you can do to save on energy is to turn your thermostat down. For each degree you turn it down by, you could cut your bill by around £65 a year.

Replace bulbs with LEDs

LED bulbs use about half the energy of the bigger fluorescent spiral ‘energy-saving bulbs’. So, when its time to replace your bulbs, consider LED replacements.

Plug those gaps

Where there is a draught, see if you can block it. Could you use door sealant? Or use a draft excluder to keep the cold out?

Wash clothes more efficiently

Try to do fewer loads and make sure you fill up the machine each time you run it.

Only boil the water you need

The more water you boil, the more energy you use. Only boil the water you need each time.

Don’t leave your devices on standby

The Energy Saving Trust suggests up to £40 a year saving by switching devices off standby

Use your radiator thermostats

If you have them use them, you may not need to heat every room.

Bleed your radiators

You should bleed your radiators regularly to prevent air being trapped inside. Air being trapped makes the heating system less efficient.

Insulate your hot water cylinder

If you have a hot water cylinder that is uninsulated, it will be losing heat. This means the water inside cools down more quickly. Fitting a hot water jacket could save around £40 a year.

Keep an eye on your boiler pressure

This tells you the pressure of the water circulating in the heating system. If this is too slow, it will make your system inefficient and using more energy to heat your home.

Make sure you are receiving the income you are entitled to

You can get advice about benefits, and claiming help that you may be entitled to, by contacting our Welfare Rights Team.