Think you’re paying too much for your energy? Well, it’s time to do something about it. By just changing a few of your household habits, you can significantly reduce your energy costs. On top of that, saving energy will also help you reduce your carbon footprint and help you do your bit for the environment.
One of the most effective ways to shrink your energy bill is by monitoring your central heating. Since heating costs account for the biggest portion of your bill, turning down your thermostat by as little as one degree can make a huge difference to your annual energy costs.
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Save money on heating
Keeping a close eye on your central heating is one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy costs. In fact, if you turn down your central heating thermostat by just one degree, you can save a whopping £65 per year.
Unless you’re in poor health, the advisable optimum temperature for a living room is 21˚C. If your thermostat is usually set much higher during the winter months, you could make huge savings by turning down your thermostat and putting on an extra jumper.
Another area that is often overlooked is the temperature of your hot water. Turning your hot water down to 60˚C will also help cut your annual energy costs, as will bleeding your radiators at least once a year to ensure they’re working efficiently.
Make your home more energy efficient
If you own your own home, you can take saving energy even further by ensuring your home is well insulated. To guarantee your central heating is working at its most efficient, you may want to invest in loft insulation or wall insulation to reduce the amount of heat being lost.
In an uninsulated home, a quarter of the heat generated is lost through the roof and a third of the heat generated is lost through the walls. If you plan on living in your current property for a long period of time, investing in roof or wall insulation could save you a lot of money down the line.
If you’re not sure where to start or are unsure if insulating your home is right for you, have a read through our guides on:
And you will be happy to hear that we can help provide and install insulation, solar panels, biomass boilers and more through our new initiative: Co-operative Energy Saving.
Newer builds tend to already have wall and loft insulation installed, so if your house was built within the last 10-15 years, your home is likely to be insulated and your heating working efficiently.
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