Energy saving ideas

Good for our planet (and our bank accounts)!

Winter can be a time when temperatures are cool and wallets/purses are slim, so here are some ideas to help keep your heating bills down.

Look into switching supplier.  Price comparison websites make this easier than ever.  If you have been with the same supplier for a while it is likely you could get a much better rate elsewhere (NB this often applies to other bills & services such as insurance too).  Paying by direct debit can save you money, but check whether there is credit building up on your account at the end of the winter and ask the supplier to reduce your monthly contribution if necessary.

Please consider green energy suppliers, they are not always as expensive as you might think and even if they are not the cheapest, if you are making a saving from current high bills, perhaps a smaller saving is worth considering to do less harm to our planet?

Obviously, another key way to reduce energy bills is to use less energy. Here are some ideas:

  • Turn down your thermostat. Just reducing it by 1°C could cut 10% off your heating bill.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Fill up your washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. One full load usually uses less energy than two half loads (check the manual to be sure). Wash your clothes at 30ºC and don’t use the tumble dryer if you can avoid it (dry clothes outside wherever possible to avoid a damp house from indoor drying).
  • Don’t boil more water than you need. Making a cup of tea? Just boil enough for a cup of tea, a kettle with no exposed element makes this easier.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs. Using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Make sure your home has enough insulation. 27cm is the current recommended depth for loft insulation. Get a trustworthy company to check your cavity walls have insulation in them. Builders have been known to miss it out! You may be eligible for insulation grants.
  • Visit the Energy Savings Trust website for more information on actions.
  • Check to see if you are eligible for grants from the government to help make your home more energy efficient or help pay bills

The less energy we use, the less damage to our planet. This can be part of our response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” Psalm 24v1.

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