Big Energy Saving Winter: Helpful Tips
Big Energy Saving Winter is a campaign to help you cut your energy bills and offers advice on how to keep your home warm this Winter and help save money in the process. Here’s some helpful tips on how you can save energy as well as some pennies this Winter*.
Save on heating
· If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on only when required.
· Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves can help you save around £75 a year.
· Close curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
· Use smart meters to help track and manage your energy use.
· You can lose 25% of heat through the roof of an uninsulated home, so insulating your loft or roof is a great way to lower your bills.
· If you turn down your main thermostat by 1 degree, you can still save around £60 on your energy bill. Make sure your home is still warm enough during the cold weather though!
Nest Learning Thermostat
With smart thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, saving energy has never been easier. It learns your routine and creates your own personalised schedule, so there’s no programming involved. It can also be controlled from the Nest app on your phone, so you can easily turn it on when it suits you and even turn it off in case you forget to. Plus, if you have location enabled on your smartphone, it will turn the heating down once you’ve left the house. To help make you feel good about saving energy, you’ll receive monthly reports which show you how you’ve used and saved.
Save on appliances/ electric/ water
· Turning your appliances off standby mode can save you £35 a year, and to not leave devices on charge unnecessarily.
· Running taps wastes more than 6 litres of water every minute, so turn off the tap when you don’t need it running.
· Turn lights off when you’re not using them and replace your bulbs as and when you can with energy efficient LEDs – and can save on average about £40 a year on bills.
· Reducing your washing machine use by one cycle a week, and only fill the kettle with the water you need and can help you save £39 a year in the kitchen.
· Using solar panels can help cut your electricity bills, by generating renewable energy. You can power various devices with solar panel energy. By installing solar panels, you can generate your own renewable electricity.
· Replacing an inefficient shower head with a water efficient one could save a household of four people around £38 a year off gas bills and around £53 a year off water bills.
*Facts taken from Save – Big Energy Saving Winter Nest Learning Thermostat: Energy savings are not guaranteed and depend on energy usage, weather and other factors. Learn more at: nest.com/eu/savings.