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30 ways to help reduce your energy use and save money

November 29, 2012


30 ways to reduce your energy use and save money

1. Insulate cavity walls - Solid walls are much more expensive to insulate

2. Lay mineral wool under your floorboards

3. Fill any gaps in the floor or skirting board

4. Fit a letter box flap...

5. Fit keyhole cover

6. Fit foil behind radiators on solid walls

7. Insulate loft to 270mm

8. Increase loft insulation from 50mm to 270mm

Aged 70+ and/or on benefits? Loft & Cavity wall insulation could be free from your energy provider

9. Fit draught proofing around doors/windows

10. Add insulating lining to curtains and draw at night

11. Fit a roller blind behind a Roman blind. Or Line curtains and put a blind behind.

12. Fit a hot-water tank jacket

13. Set the tank’s thermostat at 60 degrees Celsius

14. Take a shower, instead of a bath,

15. Insulate hot water pipes

16. Fit balloon in unused chimney to stop heat going up

17. Turn off lights!

18. Replace your old kettle with an Eco-kettle

19. Replace old G-rated boiler with A-rated condensing boiler with heating controls

20. Replace single-glazed windows with double glazing

You can research this by using the GGF energy-saving calculator via:

21. Turn heating thermostat down by 1%

If you keep your bedrooms at 18-degrees Celsius and the living areas at 21 degrees.

22. Machine wash clothes at 30 degrees Celsius

23. Do not leave appliances on standby

24. Energy-saving light-bulbs

25. Buy an energy-saving washing machine

26. Energy-saving dishwasher

27. Energy-saving fridge/freezer

28. Dry clothes outside

29. Fit an energy monitor

30. Buy A+++ appliances

Costs for heating and hot water are about as much as 60% of energy bills. The figures on this page come from The Energy Saving Trust. But they are only approximates - individual costs will vary widely. Seek professional advice on all major measures, and get three quotes. Grants may be available: for information visit, or call on: 0800 512 012.


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