General energy advice
Listed below are a few simple actions you can take to reduce carbon emissions:
1. Turn lights off when you leave the room.
2. Don’t leave TVs and other electrical items on standby
3. Make sure the dishwasher is fully loaded before switching it on
4. Reduce the temperature you wash clothes by.
5. Try turning down the room thermostat ideally to 21 degrees C in the living room and 18 degrees C in other parts of the house
6. Close the curtains at dusk and open them in the day.
7. Only boil the amount of water you need in a kettle. Anything unused is a waste of energy
8. Whenever possible take a shower instead of a bath
9. Keep the freezer full – running it at half its load capacity will only use more electricity.
10. Make sure you turn the taps off. A dripping tap costs money
Energy saving products
There are various gadgets available to use in our homes which can help us to save energy, and perhaps more importantly for bill payers, save money on our fuel costs. These include:
Carillion Energy Services offers a free ShowerSmart to selected homes. Suitable for non-electric showers, the ShowerSmart regulates water flow without altering the pressure, thereby saving both water and the energy used to heat it. An average family of 4 could annually save £30 on their fuels bills and £30 on their metered water bills. ShowerSmart also saves a tonne of CO2 over its lifetime and 21,000 litres of water a year.
Carillion Energy Services’ Energy Monitor lets you view exactly how much money you’re spending on your electricity at any moment. Not only will it tell you which appliances are using the most energy, it will also show you how to minimise use of wasteful appliances and save you money. Easy to install with no electrician needed, an Energy Monitor will typically save you and your family around £18 a year.
Save on standby
Leaving things on standby drains electricity and wastes money. This very clever plug set helps you conveniently switch off your TV, DVD and games console in one easy action. Save money every day by automatically switching to 'off', not to 'standby'. StandbyOff adaptors could typically save approximately £40 per year, or up £200 over five years.
Be an Energy Shopper
If you want to save money on your gas and electricity bills it's now a whole lot easier to find the best deal. Be an Energy Shopper is a campaign set up to teach you the best ways to save money on your bills.
To find out more information about the campaign visit go energy shopping