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Saving energy costs 

There are lots of ways to spend less on heating, cooking and lighting as well as making our homes healthier places to live. You can read our Saving Energy and Cutting Costs leaflet for more information and here are some top tips:

Bathroom

  • Have a shower instead of a bath and reduce the amount of hot water used by half.
  • If you do have a bath run the cold water in first to reduce the amount of steam produced.
  • Close the door when showering or having a bath and leave the window open or extractor fan on for ten minutes afterwards to thoroughly ventilate the room.
  • Water temperature doesn't need to be higher than 60 degrees centigrade.
  • Turn taps off when not needed, and also find out if you can save money with a water meter. 
  • If you have to use a lot of water because of your care needs or those of someone you live with ask your water company about their special water tariffs to save you money.
  • Clean any surfaces where you start to see mould forming with a mould prevention spray or vinegar solution.

Kitchen

  • Set the washing machine to 30 degrees centigrade and make sure you only wash full loads. Try using eco laundry balls rather than washing powder.
  • Only boil as much water in the kettle as you need.
  • Cover pans when cooking to reduce heat loss and condensation.
  • When washing up, fill the sink rather than leave the hot water running.
  • Use line drying on bright, dry days rather than indoors or using a tumble dryer. 
  • If you are drying laundry indoors, dry it in one room, close the door and open the window to let the warm moist air out.
  • Don’t cover any air vents over and dry any condensation that forms on windows or other surfaces with a dry cloth or kitchen towel.

Bedroom

  • 17 degrees centigrade is a good temperature for the bedroom.
  • Closed curtains that are tucked behind radiators and not in front will keep your home warmer.
  • Install low energy lightbulbs - LED lightbulbs are best - throughout your home and you could save up to £30 a year.

Living room

  • Turn appliances off standby - save between £50-£90 a year.
  • Switch to a smaller LCD TV - save £25 a year.
  • Between 18 and 21 degrees c is a good temperature for the living room.
  • Fitting draught proofing strips on doors and windows, as well as reflective radiator panels will help keep heat in and could save you up to £30 a year.
  • Place furniture away from the walls and windows and open the curtains to encourage the air to move around.
  • Turn off the lights when the room is not in use.

CARE – Damp can be a real problem – Mildew or black mould is more likely to be caused by condensation, but if you have a tidemark or tea coloured staining in the dampness, this may have another cause, such as water leaking into your home from the roof; please contact your repairs team straight away. You should also contact your repairs team if you have cleared the mould and it has built up again despite following all the tips about ventilating your home and reducing the amount of steam and condensation.

If you are concerned about your energy costs or would like more information contact GuideLine to access our Energy Guidance service.