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Programme your heating
Make sure you have a programmable thermostat and are using it! If you’re not sure how to do this, you should be able find manuals for most thermostats online, or ask an energy advisor to help.
Turn down your thermostat
Turning down your heating by just one degree could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. Avoid using plug in heaters if possible, they are expensive to run.
Turn things off
Get into the habit of turning off appliances and lighting that you’re not using. Turn lights off when you go out of the room or during the day and don’t leave appliances like bathroom extractor fans on for long periods as they use a lot of energy.
Use low-energy lightbulbs
Replacing your lightbulbs with low energy equivalents can make a huge difference to your energy bill. LEDs can use 90% less energy than standard lightbulbs.
Shrink your bills, not your clothes
Ninety percent of a washing machine’s energy is spent heating the water, so was your clothes at 30-40 degrees instead. This will help look after your clothes for longer and save you money.
Save in the kitchen
Boiling only as much water as you need and using a bowl to wash up instead of running dishes under the tap can save both energy and water.
Insulate your hot water tank
If your home has hot water cylinder you can insulate the tank to keep your water warm for a longer period.
Keep the heat in and the cold out
Insulation is one of the best ways to saving energy. Draft-proof your home wherever you can feel cold spots.
Smart meters are a great option. You can use them to watch in real time what you are using and spending, and they can stop you being under or overcharged by estimated bills.