Heating your water
- Heating water with LPG uses almost half the energy of electricity.
- An ordinary shower uses just two fifths of the water for a bath.
- A water-saving showerhead consumes less water and energy than an ordinary showerhead and is just as effective.
- If you have a dripping tap ensure it is repaired quickly. In just one week, you could waste enough hot water to fill a bath.
- Installing water-heating devices as close as possible to where you use the water, and using the narrowest bore piping possible, ensures faster delivery of warm water.
- Fit a jacket on the hot water cylinder and insulate the water pipes.
- Turn your thermostat down an hour before you go to bed or go out.
- Site your thermostat away from cold spots.
- Leaving plenty of space around radiators means they work less hard to heat the room.
- Put silver foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
- Take care not to drape curtains over radiators, as this will funnel heat straight out of the windows.
Your home’s insulation
- Make sure your loft space and walls are well-insulated.
- According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you currently have no loft insulation and you install the recommended 270mm depth, you could save around £150 a year on your heating bills.
- If you’d like advice on insulation, you can call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 and they will help you find a local accredited insulation installer to come round and carry out a free survey.
Low energy light bulbs
Low energy light bulbs last longer than normal light bulbs and use 80% less electricity than a standard bulb while producing the same amount of light.According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you fit all the lights in your house with energy saving bulbs you could save around £590 over the lifetime of all of the bulbs.
- A gas cooker is the lowest energy-consuming tool for cooking. The flames ensure pans are heating directly and the cooking process is easier to control.
- Keep a lid on pans where possible. Cooking without a lid can consume three times more energy.
- Match the size of the ring to the size of the saucepan.Gas flames should only heat the bottom of the pan (not the sides)
Electrical items and appliances
- Switch your electrical equipment off completely when not in use and avoid using the stand-by mode.
- Buy energy efficiency appliances such as washing machines and fridges.
- If you have a dishwasher, use the low-temperature programme unless you have very dirty dishes, and always fill it before use.
- Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running at top performance.
- Putting your fridge or freezer in a cool place means it will not need to work so hard.
- Don't put hot or warm food straight into the fridge - let it cool down first.
Laundry and washing machines
- Wash your laundry at lower temperatures.
- Use the washing line instead of the tumble dryer.
- Cut your tumble dryer time by 25% by using dryer balls.
- Don't dry your clothes on the radiator - it makes your boiler work harder.
Windows and doors
- Close the doors and curtains at night to keep heat in.
- Draught-proof strips along the bottom of doors reduce cold air coming in.
- Double glazing can cut heat loss through windows by 50%, and also reduces noise and condensation problems.
Stay safe at home
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no small, colour or taste. It can be produced by any appliance that burns gas, oil, wood or coal. An audible carbon monoxide alarm costs around £15 and can be purchased from most DIY stores and some supermarkets. If you don’t have one, pick one up today.