Electricity

Talk to our Energy Savings Champion Jon Hedley. Jon can also advise you about the most efficient use of your electricity.

“Many people are tempted to turn their heating off to save money, but in some circumstances this can end up being more costly, as it takes even more energy to re-heat your home.

If you would like advice about getting the best out of your heating system, please give me a call and we can talk it through.”

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Help with Fuel Costs

The Money Advice Service has some useful information about how to get help with Fuel Costs. There are Government schemes to help ease the costs such as the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Payment.

 


Top Tips

Cooking

  • Microwaves are often more efficient
  • Lids on saucepans
  • Keep the oven door securely shut when the oven is on

Cooling

  • Don’t leave the fridge or freezer door open
  • Put a thermometer in your fridge – it should be about +3 celsius. Adjust the settings so that it is not too high or low. The best time to set it is first thing in the morning, ie after it has been closed overnight.
  • Freezers should be about -18 celsius
  • Don’t put warm food into the fridge (this is NHS advice). It can raise the temperature of the fridge which encourages bacteria growth in other food and it will also make the fridge work harder to cool down, using more energy.

It takes a lot of energy to keep a fridge and freezer running as these are generally working all the time. In fact, your fridge-freezer is probably the biggest single consumer of energy in your home.

Washing and cleaning

  • Line dry your clothes outdoors where possible.
  • If you dry your clothes indoors, always keep a window open to allow air to flow around the clothes and minimise damp and condensation build up.

A tumble dryer will cost around 25p per load, but could be as high as 49p for a “C” rated machine.

A washing machine will cost (on the more efficient cycles) around 10p per load, but could be as high as 20p for a “C” rated machine.

A recent Energy Saving Trust report found that the average household with a washing machine and tumble dryer spends around £81 a year keeping their clothes clean. If they only own a washing machine this cost falls to £24.

Living room

  • If you’re not using it, turn it off!
  • Switch off lights when you don’t need them
  • Use energy saving light bulbs
  • Don’t leave things on standby
  • Unplug or switch off
  • Close the curtains and doors to keep the warmth in.

Exercise!

Don’t forget to wrap up warm and exercise regularly to keep your body temperature up thanks to a healthy heart and circulatory system. Maybe join a social group to make it more fun to exercise.

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