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Money Saving Advice

The cost of energy is constantly being discussed and reported on by the media as suppliers continue to raise the cost of gas and electricity so it is of increasing importance for us all to implement methods to reduce energy bills.

At Gaswise we actively seek to provide tips on how you may be able to reduce personal spending on energy and provide helpful, practical money saving tips:

  • Only have heating appliances switched on when you actually need them as opposed to when no one is at home
  • Use room thermostats and radiator thermostatic control valves to control the heating output in different rooms
  • Take a lesson from the generation who didn’t have central heating and use draft excluders to help keep rooms warm
  • Switch down radiators in rooms which aren’t in frequent use – do not turn them off completely as you may suffer from condensation
  • When practical take a shower instead of a bath
  • Fit weather stripping around doors and windows – this is a cheap and effective method to reduce cold air from entering a room
  • Windows account for 25 percent of heat loss in homes. Covering the windows and sliding patio doors with clear plastic film can reduce that loss. The transparent film is inexpensive and simple to put on and, if you put it on correctly, you'll barely notice it. In the spring, the film comes off easily
  • Even in well-insulated attics, the access door may not be properly insulated, letting warm air escape through the attic hatch. And if the door is warped or something obstructs the opening, then the door won't lie flat, allowing air to leak into the attic. "You don't want any air going up the access," Rogers says. "You want to make sure the door is insulated, and you want to make sure it forms a good seal"
  • Attach fiberglass insulation to the attic side of the loft door to reduce draft
  • Most families have the heating on at 20 degrees centigrade turn down the thermostat just one degree, to 19 degrees, and put on a jumper or cardigan – this can shave up to 10% off your heating bill
  • If your hot water is piping hot, it’s probably too high. Set the thermostat to no more than 60°c/140°f
  • Make sure the central heating and hot water are off when you’re out for the day — whether that’s at work, school or visiting relatives. Use the timer sparingly so it comes on only when necessary
  • Buy a hot water bottle — Tesco and Asda sell them for just £3!
  • Lighting accounts for 19% of the average household’s electricity bill. Energy-saving bulbs can knock £55 a year off your bills. These last ten times longer than normal versions, and use 80% less energy
  • Ignore anyone who says it takes more electricity to switch lights back on than is saved switching them off. Turn off lights when not required
  • Unplug appliances that have a light on when idle. That’s the TV, DVD player and even the mobile phone charger
  • Wait until the dishwasher is full before you switch it on — one full load uses less energy than two half loads
  • Draw the curtains or blinds at night to reduce draft
  • Turn down the heat on your washing machine: use the 30 degrees setting or the quick wash function if your machine has one
  • Use tumble-driers sparingly
  • Don’t waste hot water — the more you use, the more you have to heat
  • A dripping tap wastes enough hot water to fill 69 baths a year. Tighten it with a spanner or ask a friend or plumber
  • In the kitchen, only boil as much water as you need (as long as it covers the element in the kettle)
  • Put a lid on saucepans if you’re boiling vegetables or rice and turn down the heat on the hob
  • Take advantage of free insulation deals. Making your home more energy-efficient could shave hundreds of pounds off your bill each year. Loft insulation alone can save you up to £175 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Cavity wall insulation adds a further £135 saving
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