energy saving tips to save money on your fuel bills

energy saving tips to save money on your fuel bills
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Switch to energy
saving light bulbs
= £35 per year
Reduce room
temperature by 1oC
= £67 per year
Turn appliances
off ‘standby’
= £45-£80 per year
Source: Energy Saving Trust, April 2014
You could save between £50 and £90
a year by ensuring appliances and
devices are switched off. Nearly all
electrical and electronic appliances
can safely be turned off at the plug
without upsetting their systems - the
main exceptions are satellite boxes,
digital TV boxes and routers
Turning your heating down by just 1oC
could save you up to £65 a year on
your bills
Running your washing machine with
a full load of laundry using a 30oC
programme will cut down on your
energy bills and are quite often
shorter cycles helping to get the
laundry done quicker
Setting your water temperature too
high could result in unnecessary bills,
60oC is fine for a hot shower or wash
Only use your tumble dryer when
you can’t dry your clothes outside.
Drying your clothes on radiators is not
a good idea as it makes your boiler
work harder, and can also create
condensation in your home
If you have a power shower, turning
the pressure down can help save you
money on your water and heating bills
Only boil the amount of water you
need when you are using a kettle
instead of filling it every time. This can
save you up to £100 a year on your
electricity bills
Using a sink of water to do your
washing up instead of having the tap
running will save money on your water
and heating bills
You could also put on an extra layer
of clothes or put an extra blanket on
your bed to keep you cosy
Making sure your heating
programmes are not set to turn on
when no one’s in the house will save
you money on your heating bills
Avoid putting furniture/curtains in front
of your radiators as they will absorb a
lot of heat
Keeping the temperature of your
fridge between 3oC-5oC will keep food
fresh and won’t waste energy
Using the right size cooking ring for
your pan and using lids will not only
help save energy but will also help to
cook your food quicker
Defrosting your fridge and freezer
every 6 months will help to improve
their efficiency
If you don’t use the clock on your
microwave turn it off at the plug when
it is not in use
Let hot food cool down before you
put it in the fridge/freezer so it doesn’t
need to work hard to get back to the
right temperature
Replacing inefficient light bulbs in
your home with energy saving ones
could not only save you around £30
a year on your electricity bills but they
also last up to 10 times longer than
ordinary light bulbs
Turning off lights
you don’t need
is another way
of reducing your
electricity bills but
make sure you
have them turned
on in stairways and
landings to ensure
they are safe
Taking a shower is faster, cheaper and
more efficient than a bath
Keeping your extractor fan turned on
and door closed when taking a bath
or shower will decrease the risk of
condensation and mould. If you have
an automatically controlled extractor
it is best to leave it on at all times – it
will cost around the same as a light
bulb but work to reduce condensation
and mould problems
Keeping the curtains open when
the sun is out will help to warm your
house up
Closing curtains and blinds once the
sun has gone down will help to keep
the heat in. Make sure your curtains
don’t drape over radiators, as this will
let the warm air escape through the
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