Energy Saving Advice
Turn down your thermostat to 19 degrees. For every
degree you lower your heat in the 18-degree to 25-degree range, you
save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a
sweater and set your thermostat to 18 degrees or lower during the day
and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 19 degrees
or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time saving 5-20
percent of your heating costs.
With the possibility of higher natural gas prices this
winter, you can take some steps to reduce the amount of gas you're
using. Here are some suggestions.
Reduce hot water temperature. Set your water
heater to the "normal" setting or 50șC, unless the owner's manual for
your dishwasher requires a higher setting. Savings are 7-11 percent of
water heating costs. Insulate the first five feet of pipe coming out
of the top of your water heater or the whole length until the pipe
goes into the wall if that is less than five feet. Pipe insulation is
available from your local hardware store.
Insulate your Loft Space.
Due to heat rising Loft insulation can be
the most cost-effective method of preventing heat loss. 25% of the
heat in your home can escape through an un-insulated roof space. The
latest government guidelines recommend 200mm or 8" of loft insulation
for domestic properties.You should not insulate underneath any water
storage tanks but you should insulate any exposed pipes in the loft
area.Usually it takes around 2 years for savings to cover the cost if
you carry out the work yourself, and around 4 years if you have an
insulation contractor to carry out the work.
Seal up the leaks. Stop cold draughts around
windows and doors. Look for places where you have pipes, vents or
electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Check
the bathroom, underneath the kitchen sink, pipes inside a closet, etc.
If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through
the wall, seal it up. Caulk works best on small gaps. Your hardware
store should have products to close the larger gaps.
Consider replacing your old gas boiler with a band A
Condensing Boiler. If your gas boiler is over 12 years old,
consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. The best
indicator of a water heater's efficiency is the Energy Factor (EF).
The higher the EF, the more efficient the appliance If your
boiler is over 15 years old, consider replacing it with an newer A
rated condensing model that is about 15 percent more efficient than
- If you reduce the
temperature of your home by 1șC it can cut your heating bill by 10%.
- Boilers operate more
efficiently with regular servicing
- Only use enough water to
cover the food you are cooking and always put a lid on the pan.
- Always wash a full load
of clothes and use the lowest temperature setting you need.
- Don't use a tumble dryer
if you can dry your clothes on a washing line
- Don't leave fridge and
freezer doors open
- Defrost your freezer
- Your freezer operates
more efficiently when it is full
- Compact Fluorescent
Lamps are 5 times more efficient and can last 10 times longer than
an ordinary bulb
- Turn lights off when you
do not need them, but make sure stairs and hallways are adequately
- Don't cover your
radiators with curtains - tuck them behind the radiator.
- Fit a letter box flap to
- A shower uses much less
water and energy than running a bath.
- If you are going on
holiday remember to switch your water and heating off or leave to
provide frost protection during Winter Periods away.
- Don't leave TV's and
videos on standby