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Energy Saving Advice

How to save energy at home

Make sure your home is wrapped up and draught free – get it insulated!

Installing standard insulation measures such as loft insulation and cavity wall insulation will make your home more energy efficient and cost you less to heat it to a comfortable level.  

Schemes are available offering insulation and heating measures and in some cases offer them free of charge. Call us on 01744 676555 or email us.

Insulate hot water pipes wherever you can. The most important pipes to insulate are the ones between the boiler and the hot water cylinder.

Draught proofing can also prevent heat loss. Don't go too far when draught proofing your home. Never block or cover air bricks or vents, ventilation is just as important and without it your home could become damp and stale.

Talk to us about draught proofing on 01744 676555 or email us.

  • Set your heating to the right temperature, you can still keep your home warm whilst lowering your bills.
  • Your main living room should be between 18–21°C (64–70°F), and the rest of the house should be at least 16°C (61°F).  Any higher than this and you could be wasting money, any lower than this and you could be risking your health.
  • Remember to get your heating system checked regularly to ensure it is working as efficiently as possible.
  • You can reduce your heating bills by up to a quarter by replacing an old G-rated boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler and a full set of heating controls.
  • Don't open windows and doors to cool the room down. Adjust the heater controls.
  • Energy efficient appliances use less power and are cheaper to run.  Look for the Energy Efficiency Recommended logo, the distinctive blue logo can be found on anything from fridges to tumble dryers, to dishwashers and light bulbs.
  • Is your hot water too hot?  Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C /140°F.
  • Use a 30°C programme on your washing machine
  • Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the element if you are using an electric kettle).
  • If you have a dishwasher, fill it fully before using it.
  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Don’t leave electrical items on standby.
  • Turn off any electrical chargers once your appliance is at full power.
  • Don’t block your radiators.
  • Use your electric blanket as instructed; remember to get it tested every three years. Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together.

Should you require further information about anything in the Energy Efficiency section, please contact a member of the Affordable Warmth Team on 01744 676555 or email us.