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Keep well, warm and save energy

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.