Save energy, save money, save the environment
If you're looking to reduce the negative impact you're having on the environment by reducing the amount of energy you use in your home, or if you're looking to save some money on your bills, you might like to check out the Simple Energy Advice website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk. This is a Government endorsed website offering tips and suggestions on how you can improve your home's energy efficiency.
As your home is connected to a heat network some of the advice on the Simple Energy Advice website won't be relevant to you, but it's a good place to start.
Looking to reduce the amount of heat you use?
We’ve put together some useful tips which are specifically aimed at customers connected to heat networks.
- To reduce the amount of heat you use and cut your bills straight away, turn your thermostat down by just one degree.
We recommend you try turning the temperature down by one degree and then wait for a day to see how it feels. If after a day you're still feeling ok, turn it down another degree, then wait again and see how you feel. Keep going like this until you find a temperature that you're comfortable with.
- Familiarise yourself with your heating programmer, learn how to set it so you only have your heating on when you need it. You'll find some useful videos to help you work your heating programmer in our library
We recommend you set your heating to come on shortly before you get up and to go off a bit before you go to bed. If there's no-one at home during the day, you should set the heating to turn off before you go out, and to come on again before you usually get home.
- Take a quick shower instead of running a hot bath. A 5 minute shower can use about a third of the water to run a bath. The less water you use, the less energy you need to heat water, and the lower your bills will be. If you have a water meter, you'll cut your water bill too.
- If you have any rooms in your home which you don't use turn down the TRV's on your radiators and place draught excluders below the doors. There's no point in heating rooms which no one goes in.
- Don't block your radiators with furniture or dry laundry on them. Putting chairs of furniture in front of your radiators will block the heat from reaching the rest of your room so it will take much longer to heat up.
- To reduce heat loss and help keep cold air out, make sure you close your curtains at night.
- Mend dripping taps - a dripping tap can fill a bath in a day. If it’s the hot water tap that's dripping, then the water is being heated unnecessarily and you'll be paying for this.