Making your home as energy efficient as possible will not only save you money but also help to reduce carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change.
Here are 10 top tips for saving energy in your home:
- Turning your room thermostat down one degree can save you money but keep your main living areas between 18 and 21 degrees. Check that you know how to set the heating controls in your home to get the most out of the energy you're using.
- Draught proof your windows, doors and letterboxes using brush or seals to help keep rooms warm. However it is important rooms are adequately ventilated so don't block air vents.
- Double or secondary glazing can cut heat loss through windows by trapping an insulating layer of air between the panes of glass. It also reduces noise and condensation. In a conservation area you may need planning consent.
- Improve your insulation - fit loft insulation and consider cavity wall insulation. There may be grants available to help with the cost of fitting loft and cavity wall insulation.
- Switch lights off when nobody is in the room and use energy efficient light bulbs - they also last much longer.
- Switch off unused appliances - don't leave appliances on standby or on charge unnecessarily.
- Insulate your pipes and tanks to keep your water hotter for longer. A hot water tank insulation jacket will help keep your water hot.
- Use cooler wash temperatures when washing clothes and the 'eco' or 'ecnonomy' programme if you have a dish washer. Always wash full loads.
- Cook with lids on pans and use the right size gas / electric ring.
- Look for energy rating labels when buying household appliances. 'A' star ratings are the most efficient.
For further information about energy efficiency and local energy efficiency schemes and projects, visit the Cumbria Warm Homes website.
*The Cumbria Warm Homes project has now closed. Any enquiries relating to energy effiiciency measures should be made to the Energy Saving Advice Line on 0300 123 1234*
The national advice line on energy efficiency including government energy saving schemes is tel: 0300 123 1234.