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    Helpful tips to save energy

    We all want to save money on energy bills while staying safe and well, and one of the easiest ways to reduce costs is by making small, simple changes which can add up to real annual savings.

    Our top tips, recommended by our partners at Energy Saving Trust, take no time to put into action, so you can start cutting your energy costs today.

    Put a lid on it 

    There are lots of ways you can save money when cooking.

    • Putting a lid on your pan while cooking on a gas hob can save you money on your energy bills this year. Water will boil faster and the lid keeps the heat in the pan, rather than letting it escape, speeding up cooking time and helping you use less energy.
    • Cook slowly to save! Slow cookers are an extremely efficient way to cook, and you can batch cook extra portions for another day to save time as well as energy. Microwaves and air fryers are also great alternatives to using ovens.
    • Only boil as much water as you need - overfilling your kettle wastes energy. Filling your kettle with just the amount of water you intend to use could save you £101 each year.

    Turn it down

    Turning down the temperature where you can, can help keep costs down too.

    • Typically, a large percentage of your energy bill is from heating your home over the winter. Turning down your heating thermostat by just one degree, from 22°C to 21°C, could save you £85 on energy bills every year1, 2. To help to keep you safe and well, your thermostat should be set between 18-21°C.
    • Wash smart! Setting your washing machine to 30° rather than higher temperatures uses less electricity and can save you £12 a year1, 3.
    • And make sure you only wash with a full load. Cutting back on just one washing cycle a week can save you an additional £12 a year and further savings on metered water bills1.
    • Installing and using a full set of heating controls could save you £105 a year1, 8.

    Switch on to switching off

    • It takes seconds and saves pounds - turning off lights when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. could save you around £71 a year.
    • Switching appliances off standby mode could save you £451, 4. This includes energy draining appliances such as televisions, computers, games consoles and phones left on charge - so remember to switch them off.

    Insulating your home

    Installing insulation throughout the home can reduce the rate at which heat is lost.

    • Adding reflective radiator panels in a home, with uninsulated walls, could save the average household £20 a year1, 9.
    • By insulating your home's exposed hot water pipes, you could save £5 each year1.
    • Installing a 80mm hot water tank jacket to an uninsulated hot water cylinder could save your household £175 a year1.
    • 21% of heat loss in a home is through windows and door, draft-proofing both could save the average household £40 a year1.

    More ways to save

    • Use a washing up bowl to use less energy. It only takes around 95 seconds to fill a washing up bowl with enough water to clean your dishes1, 5 - which is far more cost effective than leaving the tap running.
    • Take shorter showers. Spending just one minute less in the shower can save £16 a year in a typical household. If you are on a water meter you could save an additional £20 a year1, 6.
    • Sticking to 4-minute showers could save a typical household £55 on energy bills and around £75 on metered water bills every year1, 6.
    • You can save even more money by replacing an inefficient shower head with a water-efficient one, reducing your yearly gas bill by £25. If you have a water meter as well you can save another £35 - that’s a total saving of £60 each year1, 7.
    • Use energy-friendly LED light bulbs. Replacing all the light bulbs in your home with LEDs can save around £40 a year1.
    • Swapping out a bath for a shower once a week could save the average household £9 a year. If you have a water meter as well you can save another £13 a year1, 6.
    • Using a laptop instead of a desktop computer and reducing how long it is left on standby could save you £30 a year1.
    Energy Saving Trust has more top energy savings tips for using less energy around the home

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    1. All tips are Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house, with an 89% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 6p/kWh and electricity tariff of 24.5p/kWh.
    2. Based on turning down a room thermostat from 22 degrees to 21 degrees in the main living areas.
    3. Based on the average energy use at different temperatures from lab testing of 55 washing machine models. Energy use was monitored on an empty load.
    4. This saving includes all appliances, consumer electronics, lights and chargers that have been left on standby mode or have been left on and not in use.
    5. Based on filling a 10-litre washing up bowl compared with a 12.65 litre/min kitchen tap at 50% of its full flow.
    6. Based on a average shower flow rate of 9.82 litres a minute used 0.75 times per person per day in a 2.4 person household.
    7. Assumes that a household replaces a 9.82 litre a minute shower head with a 7.7 litre a minute shower head.
    8. A full set of heating controls includes a programmer, thermostatic radiator valves and a room thermostat. This saving assumes the heating system previously had no controls and after installation all new controls are fully used and correctly set.
    9. Based on installation behind radiators on uninsulated external walls. Only recommended for uninsulated solid walled or uninsulated cavity walled properties.
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