We can all make small changes to how we live to reduce energy costs and our impact on the environment.  Check out the following tips:

Reduce Your Heating Costs

  1. Don’t leave windows open for long periods of time.  Windows need to be opened in most homes to provide adequate ventilation, but leaving windows open all day can cool your home, increasing your heating costs.
  2. Close your curtains at dusk to help keep heat in your home.
  3. Check the wall thermostat in your home, if you have one.  The recommended temperature should be around 18-21°C, so try keeping it at the lowest level that you feel comfortable at.
  4. Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
  5. If drying clothes inside, use a clothes rail instead of hanging them over a radiator which would block heat from your room.

Reduce Your Electricity Costs

  1. Always turn off your lights when you leave a room.
  2. Only boil as much water as you need – but remember to cover the element if you’re using an electric kettle.
  3. Switch off your appliances – don’t leave them on standby or charging unnecessarily.
  4. Use the “half load” or “economy” function on your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher when possible.
  5. Don’t leave the fridge door open and try to avoid putting hot or warm food straight into your fridge.

For more information on how to save energy contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 1422 865 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk