Your guide to saving energy and money
Energy and water are essential to living a healthy life. But with rising energy prices, it can put an increasing strain on our finances. That’s why it is important to save as much energy and water as possible in your home. This will reduce the cost of heating and running your home, and will help the environment too. In fact, by making just a few small changes to your energy and water use, you could cut your utility bills by around £250 a year – that’s a significant saving.
This guide includes tips on improving energy and water efficiency, information on support available to you and advice on switching energy supplier. Here’s to creating a healthier, more affordable and more comfortable home.
Charter’s Top Five Energy and Water Saving Tips
1) Change your behaviour
Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference to your bills. Try some of the energy saving tips below.
Energy Saving Quick Tips
Here are some quick tips to help you manage the amount of energy you use in your home. Reducing the amount of energy you use can save you up to 20% on your fuel bills.
- Learn how to use your central heating controls. The recommended room temperature is 21ºC for a living room, 18ºC for other rooms. Try turning down your central heating by 1 degree this can save you 10% on your energy bills or allow you to heat your home for longer periods.
- Turn down radiators in rooms you do not use regularly.
- Close your curtains at dusk to help insulate a room.
- Move furniture from in front of radiators to allow heat to circulate.
- Switch off electrical appliances and lights when not being used and don’t leave appliances on standby. Even on standby appliances can use up to 25% of the energy needed to run them.
- When using your washing machine always wash a full load or use a half load or economy programme. Washing at 30 degrees.
- Replace old light bulbs with energy saving bulbs, they last 12 times longer than a normal bulb and you could reduce your electricity bill by around £70 a year.
- Look for the Energy Efficiency logo when you buy new household appliances. The higher the appliance rating (‘A’ being the best) the greater the amount of money and energy is saved. An A-rated fridge could save you £35 a year.
- Is your water too hot? Set your hot water temperature to 60 degrees centigrade and take a shower rather than use the bath.
- Don’t overfill your kettle. Just boil enough water for what you need.
- Do not leave a hot water tap dripping. This wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath. Please fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.
- When cooking choose the right size pan for the food you are cooking and for the hob. Put a lid on the pan and just cover the food with water. Heating water you do not need costs you money.
- If you can use a steamer to cook vegetables. You can cook 2 or 3 vegetables at the same time on one hob.
2) Read your utility meters
Take accurate meter readings from both your gas and electricity meters. Energy suppliers will often estimate your bills, so if you take monthly meter readings, and inform your supplier regularly of your readings, you will make sure that you only pay for the energy you use.
3) Compare and switch
Making sure you’re on the correct energy tariff can save you between £50 to £250 a year. So it’s really important that you are on the best deal for your needs. Once you have switched, make it a regular occurrence, comparing prices every year so you’re always on the best deal. If you need support to switch, contact our Moneysavers team on 01633 678514.
4) Check your entitlement
The Warm Home Discount scheme is a government initiative that is funded and distributed by the major energy suppliers. The scheme is aimed at supporting customers who are on low incomes and maybe struggling with their energy bills. Eligible customers will receive a rebate on their electricity bill. You can read more about this scheme here.
A number of energy companies have registered charitable trusts which have been set up to help vulnerable people get back on their feet financially. The Trusts can provide grants to clear domestic utility debts and in some circumstances clearing other priority household debts.
Applying for a grant is easy. The trusts operate through a shared programme with a common application form and assessment process. The quickest and easiest way to apply is via the on line application form at www.charisgrants.com
If you need any help with the above or more information please contact our money savers on 01633 678514.
5) Watch out for water
Hot water is the second biggest user of energy in the home after heating. If you’re on a water meter, you also pay for what you use, so try and save as much water as possible. We offer energy advice to ensure you are not paying more than you need to on your energy or water bills. For more information, please contact our Moneysavers team on 01633 678514.