Reducing your energy bills
Using less energy reduces carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) which is one of the biggest causes of climate change. Insulating your home is a great method of reducing your carbon usage and will also save you money. Switch off any appliance when not required.
A quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof. Insulating your loft is a simple and effective way to reduce your heating bills by around £145 per annum.
You will also be reducing your impact on the environment by cutting down on CO2 levels.
Cavity wall insulation
If your home was built from 1920 onwards, the chances are that its external walls are made of two layers with a small gap or 'cavity' between them. This means they are 'cavity walls'. A third of the heat in your home is lost through the walls so insulating the cavity where possible is an effective way to save energy and money at home potentially reducing your heating bills by around £110 per annum.
Cavity wall insulation can also help to reduce condensation inside the house if it is a problem on external walls.
Remember a well insulated house keeps warmth exactly where you need it, indoors!
Did you know there are numerous easy methods of saving energy, below are some useful tips for you to try at home (courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust).
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1oC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £50 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60oC/140oF.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and doors.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
- If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an old fashioned electric kettle).
A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so make sure they're fully turned off!
If you would like to check whether you could save money by switching your energy supplier or tariff see USwitch website.