Tips to Save Energy – Energy Saving Ideas

Here are our top tips to save energy, many of which you can do now. What are you waiting for?

Turn your room thermostat down

By reducing the room thermostat temperature by 1°C, you are likely to lower the heating bill by approx £50-£60 per year. Will you really notice that 1°C?

Lower the temperature of thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).

Why heat rooms you do not use? If you have TRVs installed, turn them down or even off. As heat rises, 1st floor rooms often need less heating than ground floor rooms.

Use your heating programmer

Check that your Heating & Hot Water System only come on when you need it. Be sure to adjust the time intervals if your daily routine changes.

Has your heating system a programmer, room thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves?

Not all heating systems have a programmer, room thermostat(s) and/or thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) mentioned above. Upgrading your heating controls to ensure you have all of these 3 could save you approx £100 -£150 per year.

Has your heating system a hot water cylinder?

If so, check that you have a cylinder thermostat attached. This will usually be situated in the bottom third of the hot water cylinder, make sure this is set to 60°C.

Replace old style bulbs with low energy lighting.

Low energy lighting has improved, both in the quality of light you obtain and the number of types of fittings that are now catered for. The only differences most people notice are a smaller electric bill and hardly ever having the need to replace low E bulbs.

Turn off your electrical appliances (do not leave them on standby)

You can now buy energy saving gadgets which can help make sure you do not leave TVs, DVD players, laptops etc. on standby. However, if you start to make it part of your daily routine, it will soon become second nature.

Turn off your lighting

Even though you hopefully have low energy lighting throughout your home, turning off lights as you leave a room will still help save on your yearly lighting costs.

Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates are required when selling or renting your property, although you could still have one commissioned, which will give you an easy to understood energy rating report and provide information on the improvements you could make to your home.