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A Great New Year's Energy Resolution

Did you know that turning your thermostat down by 1⁰C can cut up to 10% off heating bills? Even a simple measure like putting draft excluders around the doors and windows of your home could save you a further £25 a year.  Easy changes to place more money in your pocket this New Year.

British Gas have released a list of energy saving tips that could make a huge difference to your budget.  Here's a few ideas that will be easy to try:

  • Use your central heating timer to turn your heating on and off and not the thermostat, this is much more energy efficient.
  • If the weather is not too cold your timer should be set so that the central heating system only comes on when you’re at home.  However, if the weather does take a turn for the worst, leave the heating on a low level by turning down your thermostat.
  • Going out for the evening or planning to be away for a day or two?  Then put the central heating thermostat on 13⁰C.  That way you’ll reduce your heating bills without the risk of any water pipes freezing.

  • When all of the rooms are warm that need to be, keep the heat inside by closing your curtains when it gets dark and cold outside. This stops heat escaping through the windows.  If your curtains are thermal or of heavy fabric - even better!

  • Set your hot water thermostat or immersion heater to 60%, that's considered hot enough.
  • The arrangement of your furniture can really make a room warmer.  It's best to keep all radiators clear.  So don't put a large sofa in front of a radiator as it will absorb a lot of the heat.

  • Put radiator panels behind radiators fixed to external walls to help reflect the heat back into the room.

  • Use letter box and key hole covers to help minimise any drafts coming through your front door.

  • Try to limit electric showers to 10 minutes or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you're using.

Small changes...big difference!  Give them a try.

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