How To Be Fuel Efficient This Winter

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How to Be Fuel Efficient this Winter

The average UK household pays £260 for electricity and £305 for gas. Just by making a few changes to your daily habits, you can become more fuel efficient saving £100 to £200 a year. Here are 20 suggestions on how you can save money and help the environment.

  1. Ensure you have a timer on your thermostat so you can arrange to turn off the heating while you are out of the house or at work.
  2. Make sure you have the heating off during the evenings while you’re sleeping. Our body temperature lowers while we sleep and under the duvets you’ll find you don’t need to heat the room as high during the night.
  3. Turn down your thermostat. Turning it down by 1 degree, could save you up to 10% off your heating bill.
  4. If you’re only home for a few hours a night think about putting on a sweater as opposed to turning the heating back on.
  5. Switch off lights you are not using. Remember to switch off the lights when you leave a room especially as lighting can make up 20% of the electricity bill.
  6. Use energy saving light bulbs. Although these can cost a bit more than standard light bulbs, they last 12 times as longer plus you have the benefit of saving money on your electricity bill.
  7. If you’re having one cup of tea, boil enough just for that – otherwise the additional water that is heated is wasted.
  8. Close curtains at dusk, which can reduce heat loss through the windows.
  9. Don’t put your TVs or DVDs on standby. Get up and turn off the appliances and save on electricity.
  10. The same applies for computers. Remember to shut down your laptops before going to bed or leaving the house.
  11. Wash clothes at 30°C which means you use 40% less electricity. The clothes turn out just as clean and you save on your electricity.
  12. If your boiler is more than 15 years old you should look at replacing it because the new combination boilers are more fuel efficient and can save you up to 30% on heating bills.
  13. Check your insulation especially as over 40% of the heat that is lost in a standard home is through the walls and loft. Even by ensuring the loft is properly insulated, it can mean you save up to 20% on your energy bill. Cavity wall insulation can help reduce your energy bill and takes less than 3 hours to install.
  14. If you don’t have the budget to install double glazing you can still fix your draughty windows and doors with some handy DIY skills or purchased a draft excluder from your local B&Q or Robert Dyas.
  15. If your hot water tank doesn’t have sprayed foam on the outside, make sure you add a good insulating jacket, which could reduce the heat loss by about 75%.
  16.  Add aluminium foil behind those radiators that are fitted to outside walls. This will help keep heat within the house and prevent it from escaping.
  17. Adding solar panels to your house will help you save money in the long run and as the cost for solar panels is reducing you might want to explore this avenue.
  18. Close doors to rooms you don’t use in winter so the cold air can’t escape in unused parts of the house.
  19. When cooking, keep the oven door closed as much as possible to retain the heat and turn it off when you have finished cooking.
  20. Instead of keeping on the heating in the kitchen while you cook, turn it off and let the oven heat the room.
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