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Save energy in your home

If you reduce the amount of energy you use in the home, not only will you cut your energy bills, but you will be playing your part in reducing your impact on climate change. The following tips will enable you to reduce your energy usage and save money.

First steps

  • Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones; they last longer and will cut the cost of your electricity bill
  • Turn down your thermostat by just a degree and slash 10% off the energy used in heating your home
  • Opt for a shower rather than a bath, but try to avoid power showers
  • Turn off your electrical appliances (DVDs, mobile phone chargers, TVs, computers, stereos) at the wall. Every year the country spends £730m on appliances being left on standby
  • Get a free Home Energy Check from The Energy Saving Trust
  • Run your fridge at between 3-5°C
  • Turn down the hot water to 60°C
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and maintain the heat in your rooms
  • Set your washing machine to 30-40°C and try to dry your clothes naturally

Challenge yourself

  • Improve your loft insulation - up to a third of your household heat will escape through an uninsulated loft. Grants are available from The Energy Saving Trust
  • Insulate your home's cavity walls
  • Lag your boiler and pipes to prevent heat loss
  • Insulate your hot water tank
  • Install double or triple glazing
  • There are grants available for solar hot water through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. For further information about solar hot water, visit The Energy Saving Trust

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