Typical energy survey questions and advice.

1. Understand your bill – Understanding the information on a typical energy bill can go a long way to helping you get to grips with your energy use..

2. Switch off standby – You can save around £30 a year just turn your appliances off to standby mode.

3. Careful in your kitchen– Did you can save around £50 a year just by using your kitchen appliances more carefully:

– Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £30 a year in energy bills.
– Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year.
– Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills.

4. Get a head

A water efficient shower head could save a four person household (eg a family of four or even a shared student flat) around £67 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £100 on water bills if they have a water meter.

​Calculation is based on the assumption that the family takes just under 20 showers a week and replaces a 13 litre/minute power-shower head with a 7.7 litre / min water efficient shower head, and the family are charged £3.01 per cubic meter of water used (includes sewage charge).

5. Spend less time in the shower

Spending one minute less in the shower each day will save £10 off your energy bills each year, per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would lead to a total saving of £100 a year.

6. Draught excluder

DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills.

7. Take control of your heating

Having a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves installed could save you between £80 and £165 a year. Even turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save between £85 and £90 a year.

The right controls will let you:

– set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need them
– heat only the areas of your home that need heating
– set the temperature for each area of your home.

8. Get savvy with smart controls

Smart heating controls are the latest innovation to help you control your heating and understand your energy use.

They allow you to control your heating remotely via a mobile app, meaning that you can manage the temperature of your home from wherever you are, at whatever time of day.

9. Switch to LEDs

You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings.

If the average household replaced all of their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs, and all of their halogens with LEDs, it would cost about £100 but save about £35 a year on bills.

 

10. Turn off lights

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few minutes, This will save you around £15 on your annual energy bills.

Are you a homeowner?

If you’re a homeowner, there are some other things you can consider to improve the energy efficiency of your home. These can be more costly to put in place but will benefit you in the long term.

  1. Explore the benefits of renewable energy technology:

Installing renewable technology to enjoy the benefits of RHI payments paid by the government for saving carbon by using Heat pumps,Bio-mass and Solar heating.
Installing this equipment for your heating or electricity can lead to greater savings on your energy bills and extra income as a result of the energy you save or generate.

2. Considering all your options for insulation

Making sure your home is well insulated can significantly reduce unnecessary heat loss – leading to lower energy bills and a more warm comfortable home.

3.Its always advisable to recognise that the savings that can be made by being cautious with energy are worthwhile, for example investing into the purchase and use of smart meter technology, this keeps you aware of how much energy you use on a daily basis

“Remember” the money saved is

    better off in your own pocket rather than the Energy Companies”, also you will be making a contribution to ensuring that our children have a planet to live on that is safe without extreme weather events caused by abnormal amounts of carbon emission.

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