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Our Top 10 Tips for saving energy

Posted on 11 December 2014

Winter is finally here. With the unusually warm temperatures we experienced this autumn, the cold, frostbitten, grey days we’re used to at this time of year had disappeared from a lot of our minds.

But now it’s time to prepare and make sure your home stays warm this winter. To help you keep your spirits up and bills down, we’ve compiled a list of Top Ten Energy Saving Tips:

  1. Turn it off: Try to be aware of unnecessary lights left on, and appliances left plugged in or on standby. Typically a household could save between £45 and £80 a year1 just by remembering to turn off appliances left on standby or not in use.
  2. Draught proof: Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around doors, windows, chimneys and gaps around the floor. Why not buy some draught-proofing products such as sealant, draught strips or chimney draught excluders which could save between £20 and £30 a year2.
  3. Check your controls: It's reached that time of the year when we all start turning on our heating. Make sure your radiators are bled, thermostats set correctly, and your heating system is programmed to switch on only when needed to ensure your money isn't being wasted.
  4. Insulate your home: If you don't have wall or loft insulation this might be the best time to get some. Loft and cavity wall insulation will keep your home warmer for longer, saving you money. Typically loft insulation saves around £1503 a year and cavity wall insulation around £145 a year, well worth the initial £300-£5004 installation cost for each.
  5. Suds law: Using a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running could save around £305 a year on a household’s energy bill and around £306 on metered water and sewerage bills.
  6. Lighten up: Late autumn is the time when we all start to turn on our lights that bit earlier, but don't let that cost you more. Upgrade all your bulbs to energy saving alternatives like CFLs instead of standard bulbs and LED spotlights instead of halogen ones. Making sure all your lights are energy saving varieties could save you £45 a year7.
  7. Swap a bath: Colder days may lure you to take more baths than showers, but remember that baths use more water and energy costing you more money. Try swapping a bath for a 5min shower once a week and you could save £158 per year on energy bills and £25 per year9 on water if you have a water meter.
  8. Keep your tank snug: Your hot water tank keeps your hot water hot, so making sure the heat doesn’t escape is even more important as the days become colder. Try installing a hot water tank jacket or topping your existing one up to 80mm, this could save you up to £11510 a year.
  9. Wrap up: Heating costs can add up over winter, why not try putting on a jumper and thick socks, then turning down your thermostat by 1 degree. It could save you up to £75 a year11.
  10. Monitor your money: To make sure your bills don't get out of control during this heating season why not invest in an energy monitor. You can get a little display that sits in your living room or devices that upload your data to a handy dashboard on the internet, most of them are for electricity but you can get some for gas too.

 

1This saving includes all appliances, consumer electronics, lights and chargers that have been left on standby mode or have been left on and not in use. Based on an average electricity price of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

2Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

3Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler with no loft insulation to 270mm (0-270mm) and an uninsulated cavity wall to an insulated one. Typicaly costs are around £300 for virgin loft insulation and £450-£500 for cavity wall insulation.

4Savings based on average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

5Based on filling 4 x 8 Litre washing up bowls a day rather than running the kitchen tap at 6 litres a minute for 10 minutes. Calculations assume a gas-heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh.

6The water meter bill savings are based on an average combined sewerage and water tariff of £2.89 per cubic meter of water consumed, correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

7Based on replacing all remaining standard bulbs and halogen bulbs/spotlights with CFLs and LED equivalents. Savings based on an average electricity price of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014

8Based on a four person gas-heated semi-detached house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52p/kWh. Assumes an 80 litre bath is replaced with a shower with an average flow rate of 8.4 litres per minute.

9Water meter bill savings are based on an average combined sewerage and water tariff of £2.89 per cubic meter of water consumed, correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

10Installing a hot water jacket where none is present could save between £95-£115 a year, whereas a top-up from 25mm to 80mm could save between £20-£30 a year. Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

11Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house, with an 81% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.21p/kWh and electricity tariff of 13.52p/kWh; correct as of January 2014 and valid for 2014.

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