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Our expert energy saving tips
Our quick 8 energy saving tips could save you £488+
- Set your boiler’s flow temperature between 55 and 60 degrees 🔥 You could save: £112
- The boiler’s flow setting controls the temperature of the water as it leaves leaves your boiler. Normally its default setting is usually too high, people rarely set these when they are installed. If you turn it down a bit, your home should feel just as warm, but you could cut your energy bills by 12% and save up to £112 according to Nesta.
- If you have a combi boiler, we recommend you set your flow temperature to 50c for heating and 55c for hot water to save energy.
- If you have a boiler and a hot water cylinder, we recommend setting the flow temperature on your boiler to a few degrees over 60c for heating and hot water, and setting your hot water cylinder to 60c (you’ll usually find the control for your cylinder ⅓ of the way up the tank).
- Air dry, don’t tumble dry 👖 You could save: £70
- Stopping using the tumble dryer and try drying your clothes on a washing line or clothes horse could save you £70 a year according to the Energy Savings Trust. If you must use the tumble dryer then try drying balls – this can cuts drying time by upto a third
- REMEMBER: Avoid drying clothes on radiators – this makes your boiler work harder!
- Mind the gaps 🚪🪟 You could save: £45
- A continuous draught can quickly undo all the good work of your costly heating – essentially wasting energy and money. Identify and plug up draughts around doors, windows and other gaps can help trap warmth in and make your gas spend go further.
- You can find draughts yourself using the back of your hand, or with a thermal camera. Average saving:£45 per year
- Control your thermostat 🌡️ You could save: £128
- Tweaking your thermostat (using it as an on/off switch or boost for example) can mean more gas is wasted – you’ll be comfier, and more efficient, if you set it and leave it on for while you need it. Setting your thermostat to somewhere between 18-21°c is ideal, and turning down the temperature by just 1 degree could save up to £128 on your energy bill according to Uswitch
- Put an insulation jacket on your hot water tank 🧥 You could save: £35
- To reduce heat loss and therefore keep your hot water hotter for longer, add our British Standard Jacket 80mm thick to your hot water cylinder and you could save £35 a year in the process. Exposed hot water pipes can also be insulated using a foam tube that covers the pipes between your hot water cylinder and boiler.
- Get in a nighttime routine.
- You’ll keep more heat in your home with less energy if you pull your curtains before it gets dark (up to 15% reduction in heat loss!).
- Reduce your shower time 🚿 You could save: £70
- Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes could save a typical household £70 a year!
- Be bright with your lights 💡 You could save: £80+
- Lighting makes up around 11% of a typical power bill. LEDs use 70-80% less electricity – so when it’s time to replace those bulbs, go LED. Don’t just take our word for it – The Energy Savings Trust has written loads about the impact it could make on your bills: between £5-£13 per bulb, per year! Making sure you switch off the lights when you leave the room can save a further £20 per year.