1. Boil it
Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan
on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally
takes less time too!
2. Reflect upon
Place heat reflectors behind radiators which are attached to outside
walls, this reduces the amount of heat lost to the outside, especially
on older houses without so much insulation. It is possible to buy
special Radiator Foil for this, but tin foil (with the shiny side
facing the radiator east, west ) will do nearly as well
3. Close it in
Draw the curtains at night to keep the heat in (especially if you
dont have double glazing).
4. Pull the plug
After having a bath in winter, dont pull the plug on the hot water
until it has cooled down (and thus heated your house) it may look
dirty, but you've just used a lot of energy to heat up that water.
There's no point letting it, and your money, go down the drain.
5. Using a shower instead of a bath uses far
6. Brush up on energy saving
Eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing a cheap, easy-to-fix
brush or PVC seal on your exterior doors. Letterboxes and keyholes
should be covered too.
7. Draught dodgers
Draughts also get in through gaps in floorboards and skirting boards,
which also allow heat to escape in the winter months. Filling them
with newspaper, beading or sealant will help you stop throwing heat
(and your money!) away.
8. A bright idea & buy an energy saving
Trade your ordinary light bulbs for energy saving ones. Costing
from just £3.50, energy saving light bulbs last 12 times longer
and for each bulb you fit, you could save up to £9 on your
annual electricity bill or £100 over the bulb's lifetime.
9. Treat your tank & give it a jacket
An insulating jacket for a hot water tank only costs a few pounds
and pays for itself within months. Fit one that's at least 75mm
(3") thick and you could save around £20 a year. If every
UK household fitted a jacket on their tank tomorrow, we'd save over
£95 million of energy every year!
10. Lofty ambitions
Insulating your loft is one of the simplest ways to save energy
and you can even install it yourself. Insulate you loft today and
in a year you could between save £180 and £220.
11. Look for cavities
Around 33% of the heat lost in your home is through the walls, so
insulating them can be the most cost-effective way to save energy
in the home - you could save £130 to £160 on your annual
heating bills! Cavity wall insulation will also keep you cool in
the summer and warm in winter. It's straightforward, inexpensive
and hassle-free. If we all had our cavity walls filled tomorrow,
together we'd save over £962 million of energy every year.
12. Boilers - it may not be broke but it might
still need fixing!
If your boiler is over 15 years old it's probably time to replace
it. By law, new boilers must now be of the high-efficiency condensing
type. They can help you save up to a third on your heating bills
and even more if you upgrade to modern controls.
13. Look for the logo
When replacing appliances, look for ones displaying the energy saving
recommended logo. Energy saving appliances use less energy and could
save you up to £45 a year.
14. See double...and cut heat loss by 50%
Double-glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50% and could cut
your heating bill by £80 to £100. .
15.Don't leave it on
Turn it off if your not using many items use as much power on stanby
as they do whilst working Save £1000 off you electricity bills