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How to Reduce your Energy Bills

We all love saving money on our bills. Here are some handy hints to help you save money on your heating and hot water.

Tips for Heating

Turn Your Heating Off

If you’re out for the day, turn the heating off so that you’re not keeping an empty home warm. Likewise, during the night when you’re wrapped up in bed, you probably don’t need to have the heating on so you can either turn it down or off completely.


Thermostat

The thermostat detects the temperature in your home and turns the heating on when it becomes too cold. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that the thermostat isn’t blocked by anything such as furniture or curtains so that it can do its job properly.


Try and set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature. Some studies show that turning the thermostat down by just 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10%. However, don’t reduce it too much and make sure that you are still warm!


Keep furniture away from radiators

The foam in upholstered furniture is a very effective heat insulator and prevents it getting into your room.


Draw the curtains

Especially at night, to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Also, tuck your curtains behind the radiators. Also, fit extra curtains across any single-glazed external doors.


Set and Forget

Once you’re happy with the temperature setting on your thermostat, you shouldn’t have to change it. Remember, when it’s cold outside, you don’t need to change the thermostat as the heating system should heat your home to the same temperature.


MVHR - Keep your Windows Closed

If you’ve got an MVHR system (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery) installed in your home, then it is much more energy efficient to keep your windows closed


Understand your heating system and its controls 

Take time to learn how your heating system works - and how to use the controls properly - so that you can use it in the best and most cost-effective way for you. For example, your home will take about 30 minutes to cool down (longer in a well-insulated property) so consider turning the heating off half an hour before you go to bed.


Fit reflector panels behind your radiators

These can reflect back into the room 95% of the heat energy radiated from the rear of your radiator. Other radiator extras are also available on the market such as Smart Radiator Valves which turn the radiator on and off at set times of the day, and Radiator Boosters that 'suck' heat in from your radiator and circulate it 50% more efficiently around your room.


Fit draught-proofing

You can fit stick-on strips onto your windows and doors but also check for holes and gaps - loft hatches, floor boards, skirting boards, electrical fittings and places where pipes go through external walls.

Tips for Hot Water

Use a bowl when washing up

If you don’t have a dishwasher (or don’t use it) then you can save a lot of money by using a bowl when you wash up instead of having running hot water.


Dripping tap

As well as wasting a lot of water, a dripping hot tap will also increase your heating bills. Make sure that the tap is turned off or change to washer if required.


Water efficient shower head

As you have a modern home, it is likely that your water appliances are already quite water efficient. However, make sure that if you replace the shower head, it is a water efficient model which will greatly reduce the amount of hot water that you use.


Shower instead of bath

Having a shower will typically use much less hot water than taking a bath. Also, by buying a shower timer you can take shorter showers, reducing the amount of energy required.


Only boil what you need

Don't boil a full kettle every time, only boil the amount you need.


Use a cooler, shorter wash cycle

Nowadays, it is easier to clean clothes at a 30°C wash setting and will save you up to 75% of the cost of the hottest cycle. By combining a shorter cycle with a lower temperature setting, you can save energy on two fronts.

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