Saving energy at home
Energy bills can often be large and sometimes are an extra burden to pay. There are a number of simple steps you can take to help reduce the amount you pay for your gas, electricity and water. Here we're providing a number of tips to help you reduce your impact on the environment.
You can also get more information from the Energy Saving Trust
Gas and electricity
- Turn down your thermostat. Turning down your thermostat by just one degree can cut up to 10 percent off your fuel bills
- Conserve heat by closing curtains at dusk
- Make the most of the sun's natural heat and light by opening doors in sunny rooms so this can warm your home
- Put the plug in the basin or sink when washing or washing up
- Defrost your fridge and/or freezer regularly to help keep it working well ensure and lower running costs
- Leave food to cool before putting it into the fridge or freezer. Hot food raises the temperature in the fridge or freezer meaning it has to work harder to stay cool
- Turn off appliances at the plug rather than leaving them on standby
- Turn off lights when you leave a room and use energy-efficient light bulbs
- If you're buying a new appliance check its energy efficiency rating. A is the best rating you can get
- Avoid using a tumble dryer if you can dry clothes outside instead
- Take showers instead of baths
- Fit a water-saving device to your toilet cistern
- Don’t leave taps running when you're brushing your teeth
- Only put as much water in the kettle as you need rather than filling it up completely, but always make sure the element is covered
- Use a bowl when washing or peeling vegetables, rather than letting the tap run
- Use a bowl for washing up, rather than a running tap
- Do not use the dishwasher or washing machine if they are only half full
Your energy supplier(s)
The Citizens Advice Bureau have produced this leaflet about your energy rights [pdf] 72KB to help you understand your rights as a customer.
You may wish to change your gas and / or electricity supplier to help you save money on your energy bills. You do not need our consent to do this, unless you live in supported accomodation where you should discuss this with your support worker.
My Home Energy is a site that is designed to help you save money on your energy bill. By following the simple on screen instructions you can find out if Green Star Energy can help you save money on your gas and electricity bills! Their friendly team will talk you through the whole process and give you all the information you need to decide if you’d like to make a switch. You can find more information by contacting them directly online www.myhomeenergy.org.uk or by calling free on 0800 0014 706
Problems paying bills
If you have a problem paying your gas, electricity or water bills you should contact your provider as quickly as possible.
Many providers offer a range of ways for you to spread your payments rather than receive a large quarterly bill. Many also provide a discount if you pay by monthly direct debit.
If you're in receipt of benefits, have young children or elderly people living in your home, make sure you inform the provider of this.
Energy efficiency at Elim Housing
We recognise that improving the energy performance of our homes can reduce the impact on the environment and help to reduce fuel poverty.
To improve energy efficiency, where possible, we:
- Install UPVC double glazed windows
- Use cavity wall insulation
- Insulate lofts
- Use A-rated boilers
- Insulate hot water cylinders
- Provide low energy lighting and light bulbs
We will continue to look for new ways to improve the energy efficiency of our homes.