Energy saving tips
Making small changes can help you have a warmer home and save money on your energy bills.
We know times are tough but these top tips could help you save on your energy bills.
Tip 1 - Curtains
Closing your curtains at night and tucking them behind radiators stops heat escaping through windows.
Tip 2 - Layer Up
Instead of turning up the heating, could you pop on another layer like a vest jumper? Or sit with a hot water bottle or blanket while watching the TV?
Tip 3 - Lights
Always turn off lights when they don't need to be on! Open your curtains and blinds during the day time to let in natural light and change bulbs to energy savings LED bulbs - you can sometimes get these free from energy advice providers.
Tip 4 - Avoid and report energy scams
Watch out for scams pretending to be from energy companies and Ofgem. Never click on links asking for personal or bank details and always report any scams to: www.actionfraud.police.uk
Tip 5 - Washing
Most washing machines have an 'eco' setting that use less energy compared to normal cycles. Using cooler wash temperatures can also help cut costs.
Tip 6 - Cooking
If you can, try and use appliances like a microwave or air fryer instead of the oven to cook as they use a lot less energy.
Tip 7 - Radiators
Bleed your radiators regularly to prevent air being trapped inside, which leaves cold spots on your radiators.
Tip 8 - Thermostats
If you're spending all day in one room, there's no need to heat the full house. Thermostatic radiator valves let you set the temperature of each individual room. When the temperature in that room rises above what's set on the radiator valve, it will stop water flowing through that particular radiator and use less energy.
Tip 9 - Smart Meters
Smart meters can help you track your energy consumption with real time information so you know what appliances are expensive to use.
Tip 10 - Submit regular meter readings
If you don't have a smart meter, make sure you provide your energy supplier with regular meter readings. If you don't, they estimate your usage and you could be paying too much or too little!