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How can I save money on my household energy bills?

How to save money on your energy bills.

You can visit our Cash Wise website which is full of useful information around energy saving and ways to help make your money go further.

Groundwork Green Doctors Project.

We have partnered with Groundwork Green Doctors to offer local residents a completely free of charge energy-saving service. A green doctor can help residents save money and keep their homes warm. Referrals can be made through the Cash Wise and Sustainability teams for eligible residents. 

Follow our tips below to save yourself money on your energy bills.

  • Set your heating to turn off one hour before you leave the house and turn on just half an hour before you return. This will mean heat is not wasted on an empty house.
  • Close windows before turning on your radiators and make sure curtains or furniture are not in front of radiators.
  • Putting clothes on a radiator to dry stops heat reaching the rest of the room and creates damp air in your home that could cause condensation. Dry your clothes outside in nice weather.
  • LED light bulbs cut electricity costs. They can be more expensive to buy but last over 25 times longer and use 90% energy. One bulb uses the equivalent of £15 less energy a year than a regular light bulb. Always turn the light off when you leave a room.
  • 90% of a washing machine's energy use is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30 degrees Celsius, you can save around 46% compared to washing at 40 degrees Celsius. Modern washing powders and liquids are designed to get clothes clean at this temperature. When washing or drying by machine fully load the appliance. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  • Put a lid on your saucepan to reduce the amount of heat that escapes. If using a kettle only boil the water you need.
  • An ordinary shower uses just two fifths of the water for a bath. In contrast, power showers use as much water as a bath and sometimes more.
  • Turning the tap off when you clean your teeth can save around five litres of water every time.
  • Don't use remotes to switch off the TV, DVD or stereo, this leaves the appliance running on standby. Items left on standby use up to 85% of the energy they would if fully switched on costing you on average an extra £37 a year.
  • Turning the thermostat down by one degree and lowering the temperature on thermostatic radiator valves (TRV's) could save you as much as £75 a year (Energy Saving Trust) and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Switch the socket off where you can and take out the plug to save up to 6% on your energy bills.

Check our guides on how to use your combi boiler or storage heating efficiently and see if you may be eligible for the £140 Warm Home Discount to help pay for your bills over winter.


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