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How to Save Money on Energy
When investigating the best ways to save energy you need to look at your consumption (i.e. how much you use and why, where and when you use it). This means checking your energy bills and using an energy monitor if you have one.
You can also check with neighbours and friends to see how your energy use compares to theirs.
If your consumption is appreciably higher than others in similar houses with similar size families then you probably have a lot of opportunities to save.
Look at what proportion of the energy is used on basic things like heating, hot water, cooking, lighting and appliances.
Energy Saving Tips and Ideas
- Make your house more efficient at retaining heat by insulating where you can. Concentrate on areas that lose the most such as the walls and roof and draughty doors and windows.
- Make your heating system as efficient as possible by having the boiler serviced regularly, checking that it has the necessary controls and you know how to use them effectively. A new gas boiler is likely to be 30% more efficient than a boiler over 15 years old.
- Check your hot water is at the right temperature and if you have a storage cylinder add more insulation and insulate the hot water pipes where you can.
- Check your lighting is efficient and you use in effectively. Low energy LED bulbs use about 10% of the electricity of a filament bulb, come on instantly at full brightness and last 25 times longer.
- Don't leave lights on longer than you need and make sure that the lights you use the most or leave on for long periods are the most efficient ones.
- Kitchen appliances have their own energy labels and when you buy new ones go for A'rated which will probably save more energy over their life than they cost.