Tips to reduce fuel bills and stay healthy

 

KEEP THE HEAT IN

A third of the cost of heating your home is lost through the walls, so insulating them is the best way to save energy in the home.

LOOK UP

Lagging your loft with 10 inches/25 centimetres of insulation can save you a quarter of your home’s heating costs and remember it isn’t cheaper to leave lights on when you leave a room, switch them off!

PUT A JACKET ON

Lag your hot water tank – lagging a hot water tank with a jacket will reduce heating costs and keep water hot for longer. If the tank has a thermostat, check that this is not set too high – 60ºC is usually right.

SEE THE LIGHT

Replace old light bulbs with an energy saving bulb. Not only do they save money but they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.

SAY GOODBYE TO THE OLD BOILER

If your boiler is over 15 years old consider switching to a new energy efficient one. High efficiency condensing boilers can save up to a third of your annual heating bills, and there are grants available to help cover the cost.

GET ON DOWN

Turning your thermostat down by 1˚C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and, by setting your room thermostat between 18-21˚C ,it will ensure your living space is kept at a healthy temperature.

DON’T GET INTO HOT WATER

Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set any higher than 60ºC/140ºF.

TURN IT OFF

Dont leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily. It all adds up and wastes money.

WASH WISELY

Most washing detergents clean clothes effectively at 30o C saving you money on water heating and energy.

CARE FOR YOUR KETTLE

Only boil as much water as you need — but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle.

MEND THE DRIPS

A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in just one week, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re all fully turned off.

SNUG AS A BUG

Don’t leave your heating on low – contrary to popular belief, it’s not cheaper to leave your heating on a low setting all day. Set your timer so that it comes on before you wake up and before you get in at night.

SHOWER NOT BATH

Having a shower instead of a bath will reduce hot water consumption by 50%.

 

 

Published on 25-09-2015
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