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Energy Saving Tips

There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use in the home. We’ve listed some below to help you use less energy but without making significant changes.

Check your Tariff and Switch suppliers
This is an easy way to save money. Many people have had the same supplier for years and are reluctant to switch because they think it’s difficult, but it is actually very simple. Ofgem estimates that an average of £150 can be saved through switching supplier.  You should visit price comparison websites or any of your local support agencies for advice on swtiching.  If you need help, then call us on 01656 747623.

Look after your boiler
You could be eligible for grants or funding for an energy efficient boiler through a government scheme if you receive qualifying benefits.  Call us on 01656 747623 to see if you are eligible.

Even if you are not eligible for a free boiler or grants, it is essential that you adequately maintain your boiler. Ensuring it’s regularly serviced will allow it to work to its maximum efficiency as well as reducing the chance of it breaking down, thus removing the inconvenience and repair costs.

The recommended life of a boiler is around 10 years before it starts to become less efficient. When replacing your boiler ensure you look for one which is ‘A’ rated and displays the Energy Saving Recommended logo. With the additional use of heating controls you could save up to £250 a year.

Insulate your home
Insulating your home is possibly the most cost effective way of reducing your home’s fuel consumption. Installing cavity or solid wall insulation could save you between £120 and £460, while loft insulation could save around £150 a year. There are many grant schemes available to assist in insulating your homes and Warm Wales Cymru Gynnes is able to provide advice on this.

Turn down the temperature
Turning down your thermostat by one degree centigrade can save up to 10% on your heating bill and you are unlikely to notice the change.

Energy saving light bulbs
An easy way to save energy is to switch to energy saving light bulbs.
It’s estimated that 1energy saving light bulb can save £7 a year, which can amount to a total of £120 saving a year from your electricity bill. There is now a wide variety of energy saving bulbs available to suit most requirements.

Change your habits
You can actually become more energy efficient without spending a penny, simply by changing certain habits around your home.
For example:

  • Closing your curtains at dusk will stop heat escaping through the windows. You should also check for any gaps or drafts.
  • Turn off lights when you leave rooms.
  • Keep your thermostat on a low temperature if you are leaving your home for some time during the winter to ensure protection from freezing whilst keeping bills to a minimum.
  • Appliances left on standby still use around 70% of their usual energy, so turning them off will trim down your energy use, and could save you around £25 a year
  • Ensure the heating isn’t left on when you are out at work, no point heating an empty home

Check your Water
Is your water too hot? If it is, turn the thermostat down a few degrees.
Taking a shower instead of a bath can use up to 30% less water. As well as reducing your water consumption this will also reduce the energy required to heat the water. Dripping taps should also be tackled to reduce waste.

Make your appliances work for you
Always look out for the AAA energy rating when buying new appliances. These can save you up to £45 a year as well as producing fewer carbon emissions.

Fill up your washing machine or dishwasher – one full load will use less energy than 2 small loads. Try washing your clothes at 30 degrees and dry them outside if the weather permits – as well as making your clothes smell fresh you’ll be cutting down on your electricity bill.

Check there’s an one inch gap between the back of your fridge/freezer and the wall, which will ensure the appliance doesn’t overheat or work too hard.

Warm Home Discount Scheme
The Warm Home Discount Scheme can provide up a rebate on your electricity bill if you qualify, but you must register with your energy provider.

Priority Services Register
Each energy provider has a Priority Services Register which will be branded and called different things. Once on the register, some of the things available include your bills in Braille or sent to a third party, specially designed appliance controls, in addition to reduced bills, meter moved without charge and gas appliances safety checked for free.

It is very important that you are on the register if you are dependant upon mains powered medical equipment or dependent on heat, as this will ensure you are a priority in the event of power failure. Check with your energy supplier to see if you are eligible