Energy Saving Tips

Looking for some top energy saving tips? Villages Housing's energy mascot, Sparky, shares ten handy hints to help you save energy and money on your fuel bills.

1. Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to ten 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.

2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.

3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.

4. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room and use energy saving light bulbs - they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £70 over its lifetime if you're replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.

5. Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.

6. If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher - one full load uses less energy than two half loads.

7. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).

8. A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off.

9. When cooking, use a lid on saucepans wherever possible. Lids help the contents heat up faster and therefore require less energy.

10. If you are replacing your fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine or kettle, look for the A-rated appliances with the Energy Trust logo as they are more energy efficient and will help save you money.

Did you know? You can also save money on your fuel bills by simply changing energy supplier? Click here to find out how

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