Save Money, save Energy, save the Environment!
Do you want to save money and help the environment at the same time? We've put together some helpful tips to help you reduce your energy bills and save money. You can also find out about money for energy payments here too.
1. Adjust your heating
Did you know turning down the thermostat by just one degree can save 10% of your annual fuel bill? You can turn down (or off) radiators in rooms you are not using and shut the doors to save on energy.
Many of us need heating at different times during the week compared to weekends. If you set the timer on your heating controls to run only when you need the heating on this will reduce costs for you. Check the temperature of your hot water as well - around 60 degrees is about right and there is no point in having water so hot it scalds you!
Smith & Byford can give you energy saving advice on your heating when they conduct the annual service on your boiler. You can also contact them for heating advice on 0800 389 0867.
2. Change suppliers
You could save up to £450 a year by switching energy suppliers. If you have been with the same supplier for a while, contact the Energy Helpline on 0800 074 0745 to see how quick and easy it is to start saving.
3. Turn it off!
Do you leave your television on standby? By turning off appliances such as televisions, set top boxes, radios and DVD players completely rather than using standby mode, you could save up to £30 a year! Many of us don't realise set up boxes do not need to be left on overnight. Remember to unplug those phone chargers when not in use as well.
4. Full loads
Make sure you only use the washing machine (and dishwasher if you have one) when it is full to save energy. Did you know by washing your clothes at 30 degrees you could save 40% of the electricity used? So check the temperature settings on your machines as a lower temperature could save you another £10 a year. Eco-balls rather than washing powder cost just 3p per wash and are good for the environment too.
5. Bright idea
Switch to low energy light bulbs as these last up to 10 times longer than normal bulbs, plus you could save £7 per bulb per year! An average house can save up to £40 a year with this easy change. Remember to turn off lights when you leave a room as well as your outside lights as this reduces energy usage and can save up to £10 a year. Could you use solar lights for your shed or garage? This will also help save energy and money.
6. Drying clothes
Dry your clothes outside on a washing line instead of using a tumble dryer. This is better for the environment and could save you up to £16 a year. Not only is the washing fresher, it also helps to reduce any mould and condensation in your home. If you have to use the tumble dryer, pop some dryer balls in there with the clothes as these reduce drying time by 25%, saving you energy and money.
7. Change your appliances
If you change your washing machine, dishwasher, fridge or freezer, make sure you choose an ‘A-rated’ appliance. They can be more expensive but will save money in the long run. These appliances could save around £30-40 a year as A-rated fridge/freezers use up to 60% less energy while an A-rated washing machine can use 30% less.
Switching to using the shower instead of the bath saves you a huge 50 litres of water each time! This also saves the energy it takes to heat the extra 50 litres of water. This easy change could save you up to £42 a year.
9. Tea time
Love a good cuppa? Remember to only fill the kettle with as much water as you need. Over £91 million of electricity is wasted in the UK when boiling kettles with too much water in them. You can save up to £10 a year by just boiling what you need.
10. Watch what you use
Loan an energy monitor from us or your local library. Or you can also buy these on the internet or from a high street shop. These energy monitors wirelessly connect to your electrical intake and monitor the usage. You can see exactly how much energy you are using and what it costs. This will help you keep track of what you are using and how you can reduce it.
If you want some information on how to save water as well, please contact Sutton and East Surrey Water Company. You can also get free low-cost water saving products, visit www.waterplc.com
Claim money for energy payments
The Warm Home Discount Scheme
You may qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is run by the Government and energy suppliers to provide rebates on electricity bills for households which need it most in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme offers eligible customers a one-off payment on their electricity bill.
You can find out if you are eligible and how to claim here.
Please note the money isn’t paid direct to you. It is given as a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October and April. The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
Cold Weather Payment
If you’re getting certain benefits you may get a Cold Weather Payment.
You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.
You can find more information here: Cold Weather Payment
Winter Fuel Payment
Were you born on or before 5 May 1953? You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
You can find more information here: Winter Fuel Payment.