Here you can find some useful tips on how to save energy around the home, as well as contacts for other energy and money advice services that can offer assistance.
Avoid using standby on electrical devices
Devices on standby mode can use almost as much energy as when they are being used. To help with this we have standby saver plugs which turn devices off from your remote.
Reduce showering time by one minute
Showers are some of the most energy hungry appliances in our homes. Reducing the amount of time you are in the shower will help you save energy and water.
Replace one bath a week with a shower
Baths use up far more water than showers (about two and a half times more). Showers are even more efficient if you use a shower aerator.
Wash up in a bowl rather than the sink
A washing up bowl takes less water to fill which will save you money.
Turn the thermostat down by one degree
This could reduce your heating bill by up to 10%. You can use thermostats and Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) to keep the rooms you use most warm while saving energy.
Wash clothes at 30°C
Reducing the temperature of your wash from 40°C to 30°C could cost you 40% less. A cooler wash helps keep clothes looking newer for longer.
Only boil as much water as needed
Two thirds of people overfill their kettle, often boiling twice as much as needed. Boiling only as much as you need means your kettle will boil quicker too!
Turn off lights that aren’t being used
It’s always best to turn off lights that aren’t being used, even if only for a short time. This is even more important if you have any older, less energy efficient lightbulbs.
Dry clothes outside
Tumble dryers are amongst the most energy intensive appliances in the home. Drying clothes outside could reduce the amount of condensation in your home and can help reduce issues with damp and mould.
Maximise washing loads
Ensuring that your washing machine or dishwasher is always full before you put it on means you’ll have to do fewer washes. These appliances use the same amount of energy regardless of how full they are.
Find out more about low-cost energy efficiency measures that you can install in your home and reduce your energy use straight away. These are all things that we do for you during a LEAP home visit or can post out to you after a LEAP advice call. But you can also readily buy these items yourself in your local DIY store.
Energy Efficiency Guides
www.powercut105.com/ – call 105
Call 0800 111 999
Winter fuel payment
www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment – 0800 731 0160
www.citizensadvice.org.uk – 03454 040506
Money Advice Service
www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en – 0800 1387777
Simple energy advice
www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk – 0800 444202
www.nationaldebtline.org – 0808 808 4000
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