Tips and advice on how to save energy and money during energy increases.
- Avoid covering radiators with clothing, this can cause damp. It stops the heat warming the room. Use a standoff rail for clothes instead.
- Adjust your thermostatic radiator valve. By reducing your room thermostat by just 1°C, a change you may not even notice, could potentially cut your heating bill by 10%. Public Health England suggests 18°C as a minimum temperature in your living room.
- Understand how to use your heating controls.
- Use energy saving light bulbs, LED ones are the best
- Switch lights off when you leave the room if you are not using it
- Have a shower (if you have one) instead of filling a bath. Keeping your shower time to four minutes or under and swapping one bath a week, with a four-minute shower can save you money throughout the year.
- Switch appliances off instead of leaving them on standby. They can still consume 75% of the energy they use when turned on.
- Unplug or turn off chargers even if they are not plugged into a device
- Only boil as much water as you need, don’t overfill baths, sinks and kettles
Make sure you have your boiler serviced each year
- Keep doors closed
- Stop draughts, use, or make a draught excluder
- Use extra layers of clothing or blankets to stay warm.
Use the links below to get further information:
- Energy Saving Trust website for advice on saving energy at home.
- NEA website - advice on energy bills and keeping warm and safe in your home. This website has useful accessibility tools.
- Ofgem - website explains what help you can ask for from your supplier, and other help that might be available.
- Citizens Advice - website has advice if you have been struggling to pay your energy bills and you need more support, or you are vulnerable.
- Find your property's energy certificate (EPC) rating
- Get more information on smart readers