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Top Energy Saving Tips
Using energy more efficiently in your daily life is easy and all it takes is a little knowledge and self-awareness. Check the list below and take note of the ones you do not carry out on a day-to-day basis. This will give you the knowledge. The self-awareness is up to you.

  • Only fill enough water in the kettle as required i.e. one cup; small pot; big pot etc.
  • Only put on the washing machine and the dishwasher when full. Or use “Half Load” button if available.
  • Try using clothes dryer less by either room drying more or set up clothesline in covered place i.e. garage or car port. Always air dry on fine days.
  • Use timers wisely on immersions and boilers i.e. to come on only an hour before you get up and only when necessary during the day.  No need for heating and hot water if nobody is home. 
  • Switch off at wall or un-plug all devices when not in use i.e. TVs; DVDs; Computers; Hobs; Cookers; Ovens, Game consoles phone charger etc. Just being on standby can use up to 20% of the energy.
  • Use the smaller rings and lower oven temperatures when cooking and turn them off a couple of minutes before done. The remaining heat will complete the cooking.
  • Switch off lights when leaving each room. Including hallways.
  • Close curtains at night even in unoccupied rooms (don’t let them cover radiators) as this helps retain heat at night.
  • Open curtains in the mornings as this reduces the need for electrical lighting and help the building heat up via solar gain.
  • Have a quick shower instead of a long shower or a bath.
  • Chimneys contribute greatly to heat loss, so if not being used on a constant basis temporarily close up or block off flue. Use a chimney balloon.
  • Use draft excluders to reduce drafts in old doors and windows or trap doors to attics.  Also ensure that under and around window boards/cills are sealed correctly and draft free.
  • Many people keep their thermostat too high. Check it and if it's above 20ºC turn it down. Lowering your thermostat by just 1ºC could reduce your heating bill by 10%.
  • Close room doors to separate heated from unheated areas of your home, and minimise the area you are heating. There is no need to spend money heating rooms nobody is in.

All of the above are simple tips that won’t cost you anything. 
If you are interested in spending money on making your home more energy efficient you should also consider the following:

Energy efficent lighting: These use a fraction of the electricity an ordinary light bulb would use and last up to 10 times longer.
Appliances: Be demanding when you buy. All appliances now need an energy label so check them for one. Purchase ‘A’ rated appliances whenever possible, the amount they will save you on electricity will be more than the cost of replacing the existing appliances you have. 
Insulation:  Insulating your attic and walls could save you 30-40% on your home heating bill. For information on the Home Energy Saving scheme grants that can help visit our grants section.
Heating System Upgrade: The Home Energy Saving scheme will also grant aid high efficiency boilers and heating control improvements.


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