Reduce energy consumption and save £££
There are some simple tips to reduce energy consumption and reduce bills. It is also important for the elderly and families with young children to keep warm in the winter.
- Turn lights off and appliances off at the plug, when not in the room – don’t leave items on standby.
- Reducing the heating temperature by just one degree could save 10% off heating bills.
- Use LED light bulbs.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Cook food with the lid on saucepans.
- Fill kettle with only the water needed, use a flask to keep any extra water hot or fill a hot water bottle (use off boiled water).
- Reduce the temperature of washing cycles to 30 degrees Celsius.
- When buying new appliances choose energy efficient rated products.
- Close windows once rooms have aired.
- Close curtain at dusk to keep the warmth in.
- Those with a health condition or over 65, should heat their home to at least 18 degrees Celsius (source: NHS).
- Use hot water bottles or an electric blanket in bed – but not at the same time.
- Eat at least one hot meal a day to keep warm.
- Regularly consume hot drinks to keep warm.
- Get boilers serviced regularly so it runs as efficiently as possible.
- Smart meters can reveal where the most energy in the home is being consumed.
SSEN website provides free and impartial energy saving advice.
The pensionable aged are entitled to a winter fuel allowance as are people on certain benefits. You can check your entitlement at Gov.uk winter fuel payment.