Energy saving tips:
• Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut bills by up to 10%.
• Set the thermostat on your hot water cylinder to 60c.
• Don’t leave appliances such as TVs, DVDs, and PCs on standby.
• Unplug charges at the mains.
• Close curtains at night and do not cover radiators.
• Always turn lights off when you leave a room.
• Use half loads or economy settings, if you are not filling up washing machines, dryers or dish washers.
• Fix leaking taps.
• Only boil the water that you need.
• Place silver foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into room.
• Fill gaps in your skirting boards and floorboards with beading or sealant.
• Insulate your hot water pipes.
Ways to improve your energy rating for the EPC:
If you are thinking of getting an energy assessment EPC and would like the best possible rating, there are measures to help. Look at the following information to help you save energy. The EPC will be used in the Green Deal. Another reason why the EPC should be done correctly.
Download guides for you to look at.
Government paper about how to use energy more efficiently and the Green deal. Click here to download.
Buyer's guide to renewable and low carbon technologies. Click here.
About Renewable Heating grants - energy saving trust guides.
Heating your home - Click here
Save on your energy bills - Click here
Insulating your home - Click hereWhat is the green deal?- download this to find out more.
The green deal for homes and business- download this leaflet
What is the feed in tariff scheme ? download this to find out - ofgem
Microgeneration find out more - download this from Consumer Focus.
Domestic condensing boilers. Benefits and myths - Energy saving trust guide
More energy saving tips.
Fit energy saving light bulbs.
Fit a hot water tank jacket.
Fit or top up your loft insulation-at least 250mm.
Install cavity wall insulation-if you have unfilled cavity walls.
In terms of saving energy, cavity wall insulation has the greatest effect in relation to the cost of installation.
Contact a local cavity wall insulation installer to see if this can be done.
They can be found under ‘Insulation installers’ in the yellow pages or Yell.Com
Many of these installers offer grants towards the cost and when they visit your home to check, ask them to look at the loft insulation as well.
Look at my links page for useful contacts, small things can make a big difference to saving energy and the costs of running a home
UK Energy Saving - The UK Energy Saving website gives information and tips on ways to save energy and also how to save money on household bills.
Energy saving Centre- Helping you manage your energy needs