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Wednesday 08th Nov, 2017

Top Energy Saving Tips

C4R

Our project partner Connect4Renfrewshire have some energy saving tips that might come in handy this winter, Connect4Renfrewshire (C4R) is a partnership project that is making an impact on how welfare rights and support services are delivered in the area. By providing more co-ordinated support, C4R seeks to help residents that are experiencing financial hardship and those that have been identified as at risk.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project and the services available please contact Calum at Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union on 0141 889 7442 or visit - http://www.rwcu.co.uk/news.php?article=82-Connect4Renfrewshire#.WgMYF2i0OUk 

TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS

INSULATION & DRAUGHT PROOFING

  1. Insulate your Cylinder.  Fit a new jacket with a new 80mm one. Payback < 6 months.
  2. Insulate loft with 270mm of loft insulation (Save £150 per year over 40 years).
  3. If walls are suitable install Cavity Wall Insulation (Save £120 per year)
  4. Use simple draught-proofing like sausage dogs excluders and draught strips.

BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE

  1. Close curtains at dusk.
  2. When using a kettle only boil what you need.
  3. Do not dry clothes on radiator as it makes boiler works harder and costs more.
  4. When boiling vegetables use just enough water to cover them.
  5. If possible fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  6. A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off.
  7. Cook big batches of food in oven at once and freeze what you do not need.
  8. Wash clothes at lower temperature.
  9. Use a shower rather than a bath (4-5) minutes maximum.
  10. Turn it off do not leave electrical appliances on standby.
  11. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  12. When cooking chop meats and vegetables into smaller pieces as it cooks quicker.

APPLIANCES/CONTROLS

  1. Replace inefficient fridge/freezer with a band ‘A’ rated model and save up to £45 per year.
  2. Low Energy bulbs last up to 10 times longer and cost about 75% less to run.
  3. Turn down your central heating thermostat  1 degrees and could save 10% on your fuel bill up to £55 per year
  4. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.

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