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Reducing energy bills

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Energy costs are likely to keep on rising and there is little, if anything, you or me can do about that. But we can reduce energy consumption in our homes and as well as reducing our energy bills this will help the environment too! Here follows our top tips for reducing your energy bills.

  1. Turn down your central heating thermostat. Just reducing it 1C could reduce your bills 10 percent and may save around £75 per year. Use your programmer to ensure your heating is on only when you need it - there are some great bits of technology to help these days have a look at HIVE from British Gas.
  2. Turn your water temperature down most people have it far too hot.  An ideal setting for your cylinder thermostat is about 60C / 140F.
  3.  Close your curtains at night. Even with double glazing, heat escapes through your windows. Also for check for and seal any gaps that allow draughts around windows and doors - this is money leaking out!
  4.  Sounds like my Dad now … Turn the bl@@dy lights when you leave the room!
  5. Don't leave phones laptops, TV’s etc on standby - my kids do this all the time and it drives me nuts. Even when they are not charging, if they are plugged in they are drawing power and you are paying for it.
  6. Be economical with your washing machine and dishwasher. Only use them when you have a full load.
  7. Don’t fill the kettle for one cup of tea, just boil what you need. My wife fills the kettle up every time, not only do you wait longer for your tea, its costs a lot more!
  8. Check your taps aren’t dripping especially hot taps. Fix any that are leaking and make sure they're fully turned off!
  9. Use low energy light bulbs - the new LED ones are fantastic. They can last ten times longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs and each one will save you around £45 over the life the bulb, more if you replace a high wattage bulb that you use a lot.
  10. Make sure you have proper insulation in your loft and walls, heat literally escapes through the walls & roof. There are a number of government grants to help you if you don’t have insulation.