Energy Saving Tips

Energy-saving tips and ways to lower your energy bills

One of the best ways to lower the cost of your gas and electricity bills is to reduce how much energy you use at home.

Take a look at some of our simple, affordable tips and advice to help you lower the amount of energy you use, particularly when it’s colder, and potentially reduce your bills.

Switch off standby

Modern homes are filled with technology that will automatically switch to standby mode. This doesn’t mean they’re off, it’s just quicker to switch on again, but they are still using energy. But turning computer monitors and TVs completely off when you’re not using them could save you as much as £30 a year. Don’t forget to switch your phone charger off at the wall when you’ve finished charging your phone, too!

Use your (shower) head

Some showers that take hot water from a boiler or hot water tank use more energy than an electric shower. But by fitting a water efficient showerhead you can save as much as £38 a year on gas used to heat water, according to the Energy Savings Trust. And, if you spend just one minute less in the shower each day you could save a further £8 a year.

Don’t forget the draughts

While new homes are usually more energy efficient, older homes often suffer from draughts, which waste energy (and money) through heat loss. While it’s not a substitute for professional draught-proofing, DIY draught-proofing around doors and windows can still be an effective way to save money. It’s common sense I know – don’t have windows open when your heating is on!

Think of your thermostat

Turning down your central heating by as little as one degree can save you around £60 a year. And, regardless of the age of your boiler, setting the timer so your heating comes on when you need it, and only heats areas of your home that need it, are also good ways of saving energy.

Get smart with your meter readings

Installing a smart meter at home is another great way to save energy. You can control your heating from your mobile phone, avoid estimates with automatic meter readings, and keep an eye on how much energy you’re using. It’s greener too. Customers who’ve already had UW smart meters fitted use less energy, saving 24,690 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Lead the way with LED light bulbs

Installing energy-efficient LED light bulbs in your home is another great way to save energy. The technology has moved on a lot and the bulbs now light up instantly and come in a range of styles and brightness levels. UW offers a free LED light-bulb installation to customers who take all their home services from us, helping them use around 15% less electricity every year *secure your LED installation by speaking to me before 16 April 2021 

Switch on to switching off

It’s one of the easiest ways to save energy, but also one of the easiest to overlook. But switching off lights when they aren’t being used can help you save around £15 a year. Tell those pesky teenagers to switch their bedroom light off when they leave the room!

Have you got a smart meter?

If not, then seriously consider it. They help you control your usage, they replace the need to give meter readings so your bills are accurate and not based on estimates, and they’re perfectly safe and secure. 

UW fits the latest generation smart meters for free; in fact, they’ll credit you £50 for doing so. Hooray! Accurate bills from now on!

Another way to save on energy bills is to bundle your energy together with broadband. Having UW as the provider for both can lower your energy costs by up to 20%!

To find out more on energy saving or to get your free smart meter, contact me at janeperrins@icloud.com or phone 07734 511653

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