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
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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: www.ggf.co.uk
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 www.energysavingtrust.org.uk, or call on: 0800 512 012.