Energy efficiency

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Our energy saving secrets aren’t secrets at all. We love to share our tried-and-tested methods for saving power, pennies, and the planet.

Help with heating.

If you've turned up the heat but your home doesn't feel any hotter (and we know you've checked the windows are shut), here are our top tips for seeing how you could warm things up:

First up – bleeding radiators

It sounds like we’re cursing this reliable source of heat, but actually bleeding a radiator is a common cure for when your heat is on but some rooms aren’t getting warm. If your radiator feels cold at the top but warm at the bottom, it’s a sign that there’s some air trapped inside which can stop it working as well as it should.

It’s easy to fix, you just need a radiator key. They’re not expensive and easily found at DIY shops or on the internet – if your radiator valve has a slot in it, you could even use a flat head screwdriver.

Turn the heating off and let the radiators cool down before you start, and have a cloth ready to catch any drips. Pop the key (or screwdriver) into the valve at the top of your radiator and turn it slowly anti-clockwise and it’ll start to hiss as the air escapes. Turn it clockwise to close the valve when the hissing has stopped and water starts coming out (this is when you’ll remember if you forgot the cloth).

Do the same to any other radiators which were hot and cold before turning the heat back on. Check them all again and start over if you still have some that don’t feel quite right.

Energy efficient lighting.

Light up your life - without costing the earth. When it comes to lighting, there's more to saving energy and money than just a flick of a switch.

Timed to perfection

Having a light on at home is often a sign that someone’s in, even if you’re not. And having it on a timer means it can come on when you’re not there so you can be away from home without the worry.

Hot water tips.

Where would we be without hot water? Well, cold, probably. We've come to rely on having hot water at the turn of a tap so it's important to make sure you're getting the most for your money - and save on your energy bills where you can:

Put a jacket on

You wouldn’t go out in the cold without a coat to keep you warm as otherwise you’d go cold quickly (unless you’re running around to warm up). The same applies to the water in your hot water cylinder – if it’s not insulated, you’ll be using more energy to keep the water warm inside.

Fitting a jacket to your hot water cylinder will help to keep the heat in and the costs down. For around £15, you can make savings of up to £20 each year so it’s money well spent.

Cost efficient cooking.

Cook up some savings in the kitchen. We can't guarantee they'll turn you into the next Jamie Oliver, but we can help you cook more efficiently. Here are our tips for saving when you cook:

Which way to cook today?

If you’re using the oven, do you have anything else which can be cooked at the same time to make the most of your energy? Do you need to use the oven or hob, or will something else get the job done faster?

The toaster or microwave can get the job done quicker in a lot of cases and use much less energy so taking a moment to think about which way works best can help keep your energy costs down.

Appliances

Even if your appliances have the best energy rating, you might not be getting the best out of them. Have a look below at our ways to save and get more from your appliances for less:

Lower the temperature and bring down your bills

Washing your dirty laundry at a higher temperature than it needs uses more energy. And that costs money.

If your clothes aren’t heavily soiled, try washing them at 30C - even 20 degrees, which can use up to 66% less energy than a standard 40 degree wash. Check your detergent to see that it will work at lower temperatures – some will work as low as 15 degrees.

Switching to smart.

Switching to a smart meter gives you all the information you need to take the small steps that can have a big impact. So all those tips you see above you’ll be able to monitor  the impacts of these changes. All of this is done through that wonderful device: your in-home display.

Any savings shown are given as a guide and will be different for each household.