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Sustainability

It's Better OFF @ Home

We have collated a list of useful sustainability tips which you can use at home to try to save energy and reduce your bills. We have also created a list of useful links.

Try draught excluders underneath all your doors. This is a quick and simple way to retain energy in each room by stopping cold draughts from circulating. Draught excluders can be inexpensively purchased from hardware and DIY shops, or you can make your own ‘door snake’ with leftover carpet cuttings and materials.

You could also draught proof all windows in the home, particularly single glazed panes. Applying a sealant or self-adhesive strip will achieve this at a reasonable cost. Alternatively, investing in double glazing throughout your home will also reduce escaping heat significantly. If you’re unable to double glaze your entire property, think about double glazing for the rooms you tend to use and heat the most.

Our top boiler tips

Have your boiler serviced regularly to keep it running clean and efficiently.

If you have a programmer or timer, set it so that your heating and hot water only come on when needed. If you are out of the house all day then your heating shouldn't need to be switched on. By setting the heating system to come on for as short a time as possible you will save money.

'Bleed' radiators from time to time to remove unwanted air from your heating system and keep your radiators working at their maximum output. The heating system should be switched off when you do this so that more air isn't drawn into the system.

Work out how long it takes for your house to warm up and cool down on a cold day. If your house takes 20 minutes to warm up, set the heating to come on 20 minutes before you wake up in the morning. If it takes 40 minutes to cool down, set the heating to switch off 40 minutes before you leave the house or go to bed.

Install thermostatic Radiator valves (TRV’s). TRV’s are used to keep your radiator to the same temperature at all times. Depending how high you have unscrewed the valve it will only let a certain flow of how water through your radiator there for keeping it at a steady temperature. This also makes it easier to set different rooms at different temperatures without turning radiators off completely.

The average boiler lasts between 10-15 years, so next time you’re replacing yours, invest in a high efficiency condensing boiler that can cut your energy bills by £190-240 a year and significantly cut CO2 emissions.

Your hot water should also be set to come on only when needed. For most households this will be once in the morning and once in the evening. If you have a low water demand and a well insulated cylinder, You may only need your water on once a day, enough water when you wake up and enough warm water for the dishes at the end of the evening. Experiment to see what suits you best.

Make sure you’re with the best value energy suppler. You should check that your current supplier has any offers you are not currently taking advantage of. Its also worth trying an impartial energy website to see if there are better value tariffs on the market.

 

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