top energy saving tips
Here are some useful tips to save energy in the home:
- Draught-proof your home:
- Loft hatches – use draught proofing strips to prevent heat loss – this is essential as hot air rises
- Doors – fit brushes or foam strips, key hold covers, letterbox brushes or flaps
- Windows – use lined or thermal curtains and blinds. Use draught proofing strips to fill any gaps at your window.
- Floorboards and skirting boards – block any cracks with filler
- But remember that good ventilation is important to reduce condensation and damp - particularly in kitchen, bathrooms and utility rooms. Good ventilation is essential where there are open fires or flues.
- Get the temperature right. Main occupied rooms should average 21°C. In other rooms (bedrooms, bathrooms, hallway etc) an average of 18°C is recommended.
- Homes with a hot-water tank or cylinder should have at least 8cm (3 inches) of insulation. This keeps the water hotter for longer and reduces heating costs. Fit a thermostat to a hot water tank (if not already fitted) – this should be set to 63°C (140°F).
- Check that both your heating and hot water only come on when you need it. Be sure to adjust the time intervals if your daily routine changes.
- Only turn up the ‘boost’ on storage heaters when the room is cold. Otherwise, keep the ‘boost’ turned down low – this way the heat generated is stored in the heater and released steadily throughout the day/night.
- Chimneys and fireplaces – if the fireplace is unused, save heating costs by:
- Fitting a cap over the chimney pot
- Use a chimney balloon (an inflatable balloon which sits in the chimney cavity). It can be removed and reused.