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28 May 2015

Home Energy Savings

House showing where energy is lostSaving Energy

Using less energy in your home means that you pay less for your heating bills and it means that your house feels warmer for longer. In some houses, improvements in energy efficiency can cut fuel bills by as much as 40%:

  • Insulate walls, the loft, the roof and even floors to prevent the heat escaping
  • Double glazing keeps the warmth in and cold draughts out, as well as reducing noise levels
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows
  • Modern heating controls mean that you choose exactly what temperature you want and can be adjusted easily. Turn your heating down by 1C. You could cut your heating bills by up to 10%. Using radiator thermostat valves can give you control over individual spaces / rooms in your home
  • Ensure your water is heated to a safe temperature - it should be no more than 60C/140F.
  • An insulating jacket for your hot water cylinder costs just a few pounds and will pay for itself in months
  • Replacing your boiler with a modern one can dramatically cut costs
  • Energy efficient light bulbs need replacing a lot less often and use less electricity
  • A shower uses less than half the hot water of a bath
  • When replacing appliances, choose carefully. For example, choosing the most efficient washing machine could save you money in the long run
  • Hot water pipes can be insulated to stop heat escaping. The best pipes to insulate are the ones between the boiler and hot water cylinder
  • Turn off lights, TV, CD player etc when you leave a room
  • Don't leave appliances on standby or leave battery chargers connected when not needed. If the charger is hot it is using electricity
  • Wash clothes at 30C - you'll reduce the energy used by nearly half. Many washing detergents are now formulated to work best at 30C. (You will need one hot wash occasionally to keep the drain pipes clear of soap)
  • Run your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher with a full load or use the half-load or economy programme
  • Only boil as much water as you need in kettles and saucepans, and use the right sized pan for the job, with lids on if possible
  • Fix leaking taps and turn them off fully

Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation

The energy saving trust has information on loft insulation Opens in a new window and cavity wall insulation. Opens in a new window

Currently there are subsidies available that will help cover the cost of cavity wall and loft insulation. In most cases the subsidies mean you should expect to pay no more than 150 to 250 for each measure.

If you are over 70 years old or are in receipt of certain benefits you should be able to get the measures done free of charge. Contact your energy provider for more information or ring the Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0300 123 1234

Energy Saving Schemes

There are a number of schemes available to help you install energy efficiency measures in your home and also for those who own property to rent. There is some form of support available for all categories of household, regardless of income. Advice on insulation of lofts, wall cavity insulation, hot water tanks, draught proofing, energy efficiency boilers, central heating and home energy generation.

  • Action Surrey - General guide to Energy Savings and Grants available. Contains energy saving tips and advice on own energy generation. Telephone 0800 783 2503 Opens in a new window
  • Energy Saving Trust - For independent, expert advice on saving energy in your home, call the Energy Saving Advice Service: Telephone 0300 123 1234. The advice provided is free, but calls are charged at the standard national rates.

Products, services and organisations advertised do not carry Surrey Heath Borough Council's recommendation and the Council can accept no liability.

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