Energy Efficiency in the Home

Energy Efficiency in the Home

Energy Efficiency advice and information to reduce your energy bills and improve your home.

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What is Energy Efficiency?

Being energy and water efficient is about making the best use of the resources we have by reducing the amount we need for heating, lighting, domestic water use and running appliances in the home.

For a home that is behaving badly by wasting energy and water, there are a number of solutions to reduce that waste and make your home more efficient and cheaper to run.

With average energy prices rising year on year being Efficient saves you money!

The Energy Saving Trust website is a really good site for further information on energy saving in the home.

Save money and energy with these easy steps

  1. Reduce the amount of energy you use - This is the easiest and cheapest way to save energy and money.

  2. Switch to a cheaper energy tariff

  3. Insulate your home - Make big saving stopping up to 60% of heat escaping from your roof and walls by insulating them.

  4. Upgrade your heating - If in receipt of certain benefits and your boiler doesn't work properly you may be eligible for the ECO funding and receive a new boiler.


Energy Efficiency Top Tips Saving Money and CO2

No Cost:

  • If you turn your central heating thermostat down by 1°C it could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.

  • Set your hot water cylinder thermostat to 60°C/140°F. This temperature should be adequate for your hot water needs.

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.

  • Always turn lights off when you leave a room.

  • Avoid leaving appliances on standby.

  • Don't leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary.

  • When using a washing machine always try to wash a full load and use a low temperature when possible.

  • Keep lids on saucepans when cooking - this tip will cook the food evenly and the heat can be turned down.

  • Only heat the amount of water you need when using the kettle.

  • Repair those dripping taps to avoid wasting water

  • If you live on your own in a big house a water meter might be cheaper. Water saving freebies and advice are available through your water supplier.

  • Get cheaper energy bills with Nottingham Energy Partnership tariff switch tool.

Low Cost:

  • Fit energy saving light bulbs in your home and use a fraction of the electricity. They will last up to 12 times longer.

  • You can eliminate draughts and wasted heat by using easy-to-fix brush or PVC seal to exterior doors.

  • Insulate your hot water tank and the hot water pipes. You will cut heat loss and get your money back within a year!

  • Have more showers than baths to reduce the amount of hot water you use.

  • Insulate cavity walls and reduce the heat loss of your home.

  • About 25% of the heat is lost from the roof space so fitting 10 inches/270mm of loft insulation will stop valuable heat escaping and save money on your heating bill.

Some Cost:

  • Replace an old boiler with a high efficiency gas-condensing boiler and fit heating controls such as thermostatic radiator valves to control the temperature in each room. You could reduce your heating bills by 30% if replacing an old heating system.

  • Make sure windows are draught proofed to cut those uncomfortable draughts. (Double-glazing is not cost effective in terms of energy efficiency but will cut heat loss and those troublesome draughts)

  • When buying a new fridge or washing machine, buy an energy efficient 'A' rated appliance.

  • Ensure you have adequate ventilation for your boiler and your heating system is regularly serviced. This will ensure your system is safe and will remain efficient for as long as possible.


Domestic Appliances

The number and type of appliances we have in the home has greatly increased over the last decade but new energy efficient household appliances with an energy rating of A use less energy to run than older less efficient models. Retailers are required to show the European Union Energy label by law, to display their energy rating.


Contact

Energy & Sustainability
tel: 0115 917 3742