Cut your energy costs this winter: check our top tips!
Westminster residents are the second least likely in the country to switch energy provider and save money. Are you one of them ? If so we run regular workshops to help you do this but we also provide guidance and information on how to use your energy wisely and lower your costs.
Our next free energy tip workshop takes place on
***Wednesday 24th January 2018, 17.00 to 6.30pm***
Come along and find out more about :
- Energy and water
- How much energy do household appliances consume?
- Saving energy in the home
- Switching energy supplier
- Saving water in the home & water meter calculation
- Help with energy and water bills
- Understanding energy and water bills
- Reading electricity, gas, and water meters
In the meantime, our tips below can guide you on the best way to make sure you keep your energy bills under control.
OUR TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS
- Control your timer. Turn down your room or radiator thermostat just a degree or two – it will help. Pop on a jumper or fleece instead.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
- Turn it off. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room. Don’t leave any appliances on standby – turn the TV monitor and other electricals off, ideally at the plug. Remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge once the battery is full.
- Fill your washing machine but not your kettle. When you are doing the washing try to fill up the machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads. Also, use a cooler wash, try 30 degrees instead of 40 and a cooler cycle on a dishwasher. Only boil as much water as you need, filling the kettle each time wastes energy.
- Check taps. Take a shower instead of a bath but keep it short and you’ll save time too.A dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a single week to fill half a bath. Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.
- Clear your radiators. Make sure you don’t have big objects in front of your radiators to block the heat and when you close the curtains, don’t drape them across the radiators.
- Check your timer. If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on only when required. Try putting it on only 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and set it to switch off 30 minutes before you are due to leave home or go to bed.
To find out more about energy saving support visit our website: www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice Or call us on 1300 330 1191
You can also get more tips via our Wiser Money newsletters.