Energy Saving Trust’s top ten energy saving tips
Here are some simple ways you can stop wasting energy and money now.
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and typically saves around £60 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
- If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if your using an electric kettle).
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
- Use energy saving light-bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £120 over its lifetime if your replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
Grants and Energy Saving Advice
Insulating your loft and cavity walls can save a great deal of energy and money! There are grants available to help you insulate your home as well as grants for renewable energy installations such as solar panels. For advice and information on grants, renewable energy, energy suppliers, energy saving products etc follow the link to the Energy Saving Trust website below.
Alternatively, for more information on energy efficiency measures and grants available in Brentwood, please call Environmental Health Services on 01277 312504
The Green Deal
The Green Deal is a proposed UK Government policy set to commence in October 2012 which will allow residents to install various energy saving products in their homes with no upfront cost regardless of income.
A Green Deal Advisor will perform an inspection of the property to provide a report on recommended energy improvement measures. The funding for these measures is then issued by the Green Deal Provider and a Green Deal Installer will then install the measures. The payment for the measures will come from the money saved from the decrease in the electricity bills. It is proposed that the costs of the loan repayments would be less than the savings on the bills from the upgrades, this is called the Golden Rule. It is hoped the Green Deal will lead to the renovation of the UK's housing stock with an estimated 14 million homes seeing energy efficiency improvements ranging from; double glazing, cavity wall and loft insulation through to gas and oil boilers, and renewable technologies such as solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps. Those on certain benefits can receive 100% funding for any measures listed above.
To find a Green Deal provider, visit http://www.greendealorb.co.uk/
For further information follow the link below:
- Fuel Poverty Strategy - 2003 (0.09 MB as PDF document)
- Address: Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01277 312500
- Fax: 01277 312743
- Minicom: 01277 312809
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This page was updated on 19 December 2012.
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