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.
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.