Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

It makes sense to do everything you can to reduce your energy consumption and save yourself money and it doesn’t take much to make a few changes to the way your home uses energy. Here are a few tips and ideas:

Insulate! Don’t let heat escape.

From the roof and loft alone you can lose approximately 25% of heat and from cavity walls another 30%. Then there’s the windows that could lose around 20% and smaller amounts are also lost through doors and floorboards.

Loft insulation is recommended to be around 270mm thick (just about a foot). Remember to lag any pipes in the roof space as the temperature will be very much colder up there after insulating it.

If your house has cavity walls then it may be possible to have them filled with an insulating material. It they are solid then you may be able to use cladding.

Double glazed windows will greatly reduce heat loss but it is not cheap to replace windows so at the very least close your curtains at dusk and that will help to keep in the warmth.

Others things you can do…

  • Keep away from oil supplier top up schemes, they charge you a premium for the service.
  • Save money regularly through My Consortium’s Oil Account and spread the cost of your heating oil.
  • Turn down the thermostat by 1 degree (you’ll hardly notice the difference) as this could reduce your heating usage by up to 10%. How about that!
  • Turn off the light when you leave a room.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs, they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby, turn them off.
  • When you upgrade appliances change to energy efficient models.
  • Take a shower rather than a bath and use a lot less water.
  • Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.
  • Regularly compare your electricity tariff.
  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need rather than filling it up each time you boil it.

Energy Saving Trust
Department of Energy and Climate Change