Energy saving tips for the house

The  Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has published its Energy Saving Guide.  The guide includes a series of money and energy saving ideas which, it is claimed, could potentially can save households £400 a year.

Here are the four simple steps put forward for energy saving by the ECA:

1. Install energy saving light bulbs – These are cheap and easy to install and can save up to £100 a year.
2. Set your thermostat correctly – Setting the thermostat between 18 and 21 degrees centigrade can save up to £65 per year.
3. Install and use heating and hot water boiler controls – This can minimize wastage, for example by only heating water at times when it is needed most (morning and evening) – this can take £100 a year off your annual heating bill.
4. Upgrade your boiler – After the initial investment, changing from a G-rated system to a condensing boiler could save £128 annually.
So those steps add up to about £400.

In additional, there are other energy saving tips which can save you money:

Additional savings can be made with these top-tips:

• Remember to switch-off – Leaving appliances on stand-by means they’re still using electricity so turn them off at the plug when not in use.
• Turn the light off – Encourage everyone to switch-off the lights when leaving a room; both simple and effective. Alternatively, you could always choose to install motion sensor lights.
• Consider updating appliances – Older, less efficient appliances could be costing you double in electricity charges so choose a model that has the European Union Energy Label or the European Eco-label to make sure you’re not paying over the odds. www.cus.net
• Make the switch – Choosing an A-rated model will be more economical to run and better for the environment.
• Choose your tumble-dryer carefully – Making sure to choose a high energy rated model. A Which? survey compared an A and C grade dryer and found the C grade cost £67.38 more per year to run.
• Fully load the machine – Both dishwashers and washing machines are more efficient when operating with a full load. A Which? survey found most modern dishwashers actually use less water than washing-up by hand.

For more information and to download the ECA’s guide to energy-saving, please visit: www.eca.co.uk

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