Save on water and energy

WATER AND ENERGY

well fitted hot water tank jacket could save you around £40 a year, even more if you heat your water electrically.  It will cost you £15 and is easy to fit yourself

Being more efficient with your water is something that you have control over. You can reduce the water you use at home in loads of clever little ways.

The biggest saving on water COULD be switching to awater meter. They are installed for free (although sadly not in Scotland) and means that your bills would be based on the amount of water you use, rather than being a fixed amount each year.  As a rough guide, if there are more bedrooms in your house than people, then you should investigate getting a water meter.  The average saving with a meter is £125. However, it isn’t always better so check online atwww.ccwater.org.uk

Use eco balls in your washing machine, a replacement for detergent. These will last 1000 washes and save £255 per 1000 washes (£72 per year, £6 per month)  and it gets your washing clean – we use them!

Only do your washing with a full load – about 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water, so by doing full loads you’ll be using less water per item saving £63 per year (£5.25 per month)

Hang your washing outside to dry whenever possible and avoid the tumble dryer during the summer months – SAVE £15 (£1.25 per month) off the average energy bill

 if you haven’t switched your energy yet then PLEASE do it now!  Even if you have switched, making some quick changes to how you pay your bills can save money too. The average saving is £211 but you could save up to £400.

Get a little help. If you are elderly, have young children or claim benefits for a disability or a low income you are probably entitled to help with your energy bills. This ranges from money to help paying your bill to money off insulation and other energy saving measures. All you have to do to find out what you're eligible for is call the Home Heat Helpline.

Actually understanding how much energy you use can make a MASSIVE difference to your bills.  By using anenergy monitor, you can clearly see what you are using and when.  You may notice that leaving your telly on standby is costing you £35 a year or that your child’s computer is wasting energy. Being armed with this sort of knowledge can really help you change your behaviour and reduce your consumption.  We like the energy monitor from OWL

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