We are working hard to reduce our environmental impact, and we want to challenge our customers to do the same. By reducing the amount of energy and gas you use, not only will you reduce your ‘carbon footprint’, you could also save money.
Here are some energy saving tips to help you get started:
- Use energy saving light bulbs: These can last up to 10 times longer than normal light bulbs and don’t cost much more to buy.
- Fill up your washing machine or tumble dryer: One full load uses less energy than two half loads
- Unplug appliances when not in use: Some appliances will still use energy when they are in standby mode, and could cost you between £50 - £90 each year.
- Turn your heating down by just 1ºc: This small change could reduce your energy use by 10%.
- Stop the draughts: Warm air will escape through gaps in your walls, windows and doors, whilst cold air will get in. Window and door draught strips can be bought from any DIY store and will make a huge difference – keeping your home warmer and therefore, reducing your energy bills.
For our general needs residents, and those residents moving onto independent accommodation, My Home Energy Switch might be able to help you. This is a free service which can help you to get the best deals, helping you to find the most competitive prices for your gas and electricity. Click here to visit their website for more information about this free service.
If you’re finding it hard to pay your energy bills, click here to find out how you can apply for grants to help you with these costs.