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Energy Tips

Lower Cost Tips

Turn It Off

In most cases any electronic power devise can be switched off without upsetting the system, some satellites and digital TV recorders may have to be left on standby to keep track off the shows you have selected it to record. But read the instructions if you are not sure about the device.

A typical household can save between £40 to £80 just by remembering to turn off unused devices.

Careful In The Kitchen

You can save over £43 by just using your kitchen appliances more carefully.

  • Set your washing machine to wash at 30°C.
  • Use a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running.
  • Don’t fill your kettle up every time, only boil the amount of water you need.

The £43 a year figure comprises a saving of £6 by washing at 30°C rather than a higher temperature; £30 by washing using a bowl rather than under a running tap; and £7 by only boiling what you need in the kettle.

Get a head

If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water directly from the boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower, then you may be able to fit an efficient hot water shower head. This can reduce your hot water usage whilst retaining the sensation of a powerful shower.

Medium Cost Tips

Draught Excluder

Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps in and around the floor, or through the chimney.

New Heating Controls

Whatever the age of your boiler, the right controls will let you:

  • Set your heating and hot water to come on only when you need it to.
  • heat just the areas of your home you want.
  • Decide how warm you want each area to be.

By installing a newer room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save up to £70 to £150 a year.

This allows you to make further savings by using your controls more effectively. For example, turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save you £75.

Loft Insulation

We recommend having at least 270MM (ten inches) of loft insulation, so it be worth checking if you could make your house warmer by topping up your insulation.

You could save up to £150 per year by installing all insulation and replacing with 270MM, topping up existing insulation from 100mm to 270mm can save you around £15 a year.

Lighten Your Load

You can now get LED lights what are as bright as standard halogen light bulbs but are much more energy efficient.

If the average household replaced all of their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs, and all of their halogens with LEDs, it would cost about £110 and save about £45 a year.

Higher Cost Tips

Cavity Wall Insulation

For homes built over 1920 the chances are that the external walls are made of two layers of brick with a gap or layer between them. Cavity wall insulation fills the gap, keeping the warmth in to saving energy.

The average cost for cavity wall insulation is between £450 to £500 and can save up to £145 a year.

The measure could pay for its self in less than 4 years.

Greater savings and income for renewable technology.

Energy bills are always going up and the price for renewable energy technologies are starting to fluctuate since they have become an household name, you might ought to consider getting a Thermodynamic system to cater for you hot water.

The systems cost does vary from different installers, so we recommend getting a quote of a Thermodynamic engineer.