Reduce your energy bills
Follow these top tips to reduce the amount of energy you use and cut your bills.
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent. You could save around £40 per year.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
- If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
- Only boil as much water as you need, but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes enough hot water in one week to half fill a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
- Use energy saving light bulbs. Just one can save you £60 over the lifetime of the bulb and they last around 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
- Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when replacing appliance and electronic goods.
If you would like advice about energy saving, contact your local Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre on 0800 512 012, or search for information on their website. You can also contact Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503 or via their website.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a 5 year programme introduced by the Government in April 2011 and administered by energy suppliers to provide discounts of £135 on the electricity bills of eligible households.