The Best Energy Saving Ideas

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We all like to save money and try and be more environmentally friendly. Here are a few energy saving tips, most of which you can do right now.

Leaving electrical appliances on can add 10% to your homes energy bill this could amount to around 50 pounds a year. If you turn your appliances off at the plug socket you can save money and reduce your carbon emissions by about 140kg a year.

If you replace standard light bulbs with energy savers you can save around 40-50 pounds per light bulb. So if you have 10 light bulbs in your home you could save up to 500 pounds, they also last 10 times longer which is a bonus.

In the winter it can be tempting to turn the thermostat on full blast, but if you turn the heating down by just 1.5C you could save as much as 10% on your heating bills, which can amount to quite a lot money saved over a lifetime.

Heating water is expensive. Showers only use 20% of the water that baths do which means you can save lots of money on heating and use far less water at the same time.

In the winter when it is cold and windy draughts can be a real pain. You can easily and cheaply prevent draughts by installing a PVC seal around doors and letterboxes. This can help reduce heating bills especially if you have an old wooden door.

The Energy Saving Trust is an independent body whose main purpose is to reduce carbon emissions and promote greener living. When you buy new electrical appliances look out for the Energy Saving Trust sticker as they will likely be the most energy efficient products.

If you own a boiler which is more than 12 years old it may well be a G rated boiler. This means it is probably less than 70% energy efficient. And in terms of your pocket you are losing 30% of the energy it is producing which is obviously a waste. By law all new boilers must be high energy efficient condensing boilers unless it is too expensive or difficult to fit one. Most new A-rated high energy efficient boilers are over 90% efficient which means you save money on your bills and waste less energy. You can also buy an insulation jacket for your boiler which can save you around 35 pounds a year and only cost a few pounds to buy.

When you are washing your clothes if you reduce the setting from 60C down to 40C you can save 30% of the energy used. Washing machines use most of their energy to heat the water and modern washing powders work perfectly fine at lower temperatures also the materials on your clothes will not be as stressed at lower temperatures.

Being more eco-friendly can save you money on your heating bills and help you cut your carbon emissions.

Information on gas boilers and how to save money.

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