Support and resources for managing energy efficiency

Check out these useful ways to positively manage energy efficiency at home this winter.

Insulation, draft proofing and ventilation

Preventing condensation and mould

Using your heating efficiently

  • For gas central heating – get your boiler serviced and set your thermostat between 18-21 degrees where affordable. Use valves on radiators to keep unused rooms cooler (set at 2-3) and high-use rooms warmer at 4-5).
  • For combi-boilers – turn down your boiler to the lowest temperature that works for you (try 50 degrees).
  • Hot water tanks – these should be set and maintained at a minimum of 60-70 degrees for safety reasons.
  • Storage heaters – ensure you’re on an economy 7/10 tariff and try to avoid the boost button
  • The sun is free heating – whenever the sun is shining on your windows make sure those curtains are open.

Hot water

Washing is the biggest use of hot water in most homes.

Cooking and other electricity savings

  • Cooking/boiling - reduce moisture creation by putting the lid on pans. Ensure your extractor fan is on and the kitchen door is closed to stop moist air circulating around the house.
  • Tumble dryers - ensure tumble dryers are fairly full and do one extra spin in the washing machine first. Consider cheaper alternatives (dehumidifier with a clothes drier etc.).
  • 'Vampiric devices' - some devices use energy when they're plugged in without you realising it – e.g. phone chargers, a TV on standby. Replace multi-plugs with ones that feature individual switches and unplug when not in use.

Understanding kilowatt hours

  • We all have the ability to work out exactly how much devices cost. All you need to know is the wattage of the appliance (usually written on it), how much you pay for fuel (most of us now pay 34p), and the length of time you use the device.

We hope you feel much more informed and empowered to stay affordably warm in your homes this winter!