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Reduce your energy bill with these simple tips

With power companies charging, or more importantly OVER CHARGING for what you actually use, we wanted to provide a simple and easy to follow guide to reducing your energy bills considerably.

Some of these tips may involve spending a few pence, others may require a little more but, majority don’t cost anything. Take the time to read and share with your friends. We will want to hear from you when you notice the difference in your next bill, due to these tips.


Light bulbs – Here’s an idea! By replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving recommended bulb could reduce lighting costs by around £78 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last around 12 times longer than a traditional light bulb. That’s by JUST replacing one bulb.

 

Radiators – Wall of heat! Radiator reflector panels. These can reflect around 95% of the heat energy radiated from the rear of your radiator. Other radiator extras are also available on the market such as Smart Radiator Valves which turn the radiator on and off at set times of the day, and Radiator Boosters that ‘suck’ heat in from your radiator and circulate it 50% more efficiently around your room.

 

Curtains – Pull yourself together! Close your curtains at dusk to retain the heat in each room. In the winter line your curtains or use thermal or heavier curtains to save money. If you want to add to the savings, fit some blinds too and shut them all up tight.

 

Thermostat – Turn it down a degree! Generally speaking, you can save around 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you turn your thermostat down. Turning your thermostat down doesn’t have to mean you will be colder: There are numerous products avaialble, such as radiator boosters (mentioned above) that help capture radiator heat and distribute it around the room more efficiently.

 

Taps – The drip, drip, drip! A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in just one week (and drive you insane too), so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re all fully turned off.

 

Draught-proofing – Closed all windows and doors…still have a draught? Draught-proofing windows, doors, loft hatches, wall and ceiling fittings and ceiling-to-wall joints saves the average home £55 per year on heating bills. DIY draught-proofing typically costs around £120 for materials and professional draught-proofing can cost double this. And will also save you from reaching for the cover when watching tv.


In the kitchen…

Washing machine & dryer – Careful, red sock! Wash full loads rather than just a few items. When possible use a setting of 40°C or even 30°C. By doing this you can use 1/3 less electricity.

 

Sell your dryer! You’d be amazed by how much you save by losing your dryer. During the summer months (or days for UK readers), use an outdoor line. In the winter months, use a simpe drying rack and your radiators. Remember to put the rack near your windows on sunny days to accelerate the drying process and the fresh air is good for you.  Remember to take your laundry off the radiators as soon as it’s dry, as this will allow the heat back into the room. If you do HAVE to use the dryer, you use tumble dryer balls to reduce drying time.

 

Dishwasher –I prefer to wash by hand! Make sure (like the washing machine) you wash full loads, rather than small washes. Use the economy setting if you have that option. In some dishwashers this can be more efficient than washing by hand.

 

Kettle – Coffee for one? Don’t boil a full kettle every time, only boil the amount you need, depending on your kettle. If we are making one cup, pour two cup fulls of water into the kettle… prevent drying out.

 

Oven – Dinner time! Try not to open the oven door while cooking if possible. Heat lost by the door opening causes the oven to use more energy. You can also try to be less reliant on your oven a cook a greater proportion of your meals using the microwave. (Even though it’s not as tasty)

 

Hob – Beans and sausages! Avoid using oversized pots and use a lid where you can. Stacked steamers are a great of harnessing the power of one hob to cook more than one item.

 

Fridges & Freezers – Chill, it doesn’t take long! Regular defrosting, this helps them to run more efficiently and extends the life opf the appliance. Modern fridges and freezers may very well have self-defrost. Check your manual if you’re not sure. Pack your fridge and freezer. Food can act as insulation, so by keeping your fridge and freezer stocked lessens the amount of time it has to run to stay cool.


In the bathroom…

Wash basin – Scrub Scrub! Don’t leave taps running unnecessarily, use the plug and keep the water in the basin. When brushing your teeth, wet your toothbrush and turn tap off, back on to rinse etc etc.

 

Shower/Bath – Get behind your ears too! Use the shower rather than the bath whenever possible – it uses considerably less energy. Also, as showers and baths account for most of a household’s hot-water use, cutting showers from 20 minutes to 10 minutes could slash water-heating costs by 25%.

 

Hot water tank – If you have a hot water tank check that it is well insulated.

 

In Living areas and bedrooms…


General appliances – The vampire appliances! Before you go to bed turn off the power to appliances such as your TV, Stereo, DVD player and any other items that do not NEED to stay on. These appliances can consume large amounts of energy whilst on standby. Buy a power strip! With all your appliances all plugged into the same area, you’ll have an easier time remembering to turn everything off.


Insulation

 

Cavity wall insulation – Cavity wall insulation can save energy users up to £270 a year, with the average saving being £120 every year. Costs can be as low as £149 pounds, or free for those who qualify!

 

Loft insulation – The approximate saving per year for those who have thick loft insulation installed is £175. Be sure you don’t compress the thickness of the insulation as this can see savings decrease dramatically. Installation can cost anywhere between £100 and £350.

 

Under-floor insulation – Older homes are more likely to have suspended timber floors. Timber floors can be insulated by lifting the floorboards and laying mineral wool insulation supported by netting between the joists. This can save you around £60 per year and cost as little as £100 if you do it yourself. Filling in the gaps between your floor and skirting board alone could save you £25 per year.

 

Solid-wall insulation – Older houses tend to have solid walls rather than cavity walls. Having either internal or external insulation installed on your solid walls could save you around £445 to £475 per year. However, the cost of having such insulation installed can be high at £5,500 to £13,000. Nevertheless, external insulation can renew the appearance of your outer walls, improve weather proofing and sound resistance, fills cracks and gaps in the brickwork, which will reduce draughts, increase the life of your walls by protecting the brickwork and reduce condensation on internal walls to help prevent damp (though it will not solve rising or penetration damp).

 

Windows and doors – Replacing all single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing could save you around £165 per year on your energy bills.


Hopefully these tips will help you with your energy bill savings and you will notice the difference on your next bill. Did you know that Rabtech can provide your home or business with any of the products mentioned in this post?

If you need any more tips or further advice, you can email us on: info@rabtechuk.com

Or you could give us a quick call on: 01482 387499