This page contains information about energy efficiency measures, and provides some energy saving tips for the home.
There are generally two reasons why people want to save energy:
Whatever your reason is for trying to reduce the amount of energy you use, the result is that by using less, you will be doing both; saving money and helping the environment. This is great for everyone.
Insulate your home
It may sound obvious but loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and double glazing can make a huge difference to keeping a house warm for less. There are also grants available from the government to help pay for insulating your home. Please visit the GOV.UK Green Deal guide for further details.
Cold drafts mean you are wasting energy. Use draft excluders around doors and windows and always draw the curtains in the evening to help keep the heat in.
Turn down your thermostat
Make sure you are using the correct heating controls and consider turning the thermostat down by one or two degrees. This could save you up to 10% on your heating bill and it is unlikely you will notice the change in the thermostat setting.
Use energy saving appliances
Try and use AAA energy rated household appliances whenever you can. Also look out for The Energy Saving Trust Recommended label on home appliances. This lets you know the product is the most energy efficient in the market. Electronics and home entertainment products also carry The Energy Saving Trust Recommended label so look out for this when buying new equipment.
Switch off electronic equipment
A lot of home electronic products still use a significant amount of energy when they are in standby mode. Turning them off instead of leaving them on standby will save energy and money. Leaving mobile phones and laptops on charge wastes energy – remember to unplug the chargers
Use energy efficient light bulbs
This is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. Replacing your existing light bulbs with energy efficient ones will make an immediate difference and they last up to ten times longer. Don't forget to turn lights off that are not being used.
Everyday changes you can make
On Monday 2nd April 2012, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of a new Energy Saving Advice Service.
Consumers can access the Advice Service by calling 0300 123 1234
or by visiting the Energy Help section of GOV.UK.
This service is aimed at providing advice to households and businesses on existing Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration schemes and will go on to play a crucial role in providing independent and impartial advice to consumers including the Green Deal.
The Advice Service is being delivered by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with Careline Services. Details about the Advice Service can be found in the Department of Energy and Climate Change press release.
In general, you should first look at your own energy consumption and consider energy efficiency measures and the efficient use of appliances as we've explained above.
Another option is to use energy from renewable sources. This will help reduce your carbon footprint by using energy that is generated with less impact on the environment.
The Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust offers free impartial energy saving advice.
|COUNTRY||ADDRESS||ADVICE LINE||HEAD OFFICE|
|England||Energy Saving Trust England,
21 Dartmouth Street,
|0300 123 1234||020 7222 0101|
|Scotland||Energy Saving Trust Scotland,
Ocean Point 1,
94 Ocean Drive,
|0800 512 012||0131 555 7900|
|Wales||Energy Saving Trust Wales,
1 Caspian Point,
|0300 123 1234||029 2046 8340|
It's easy to get free, independent advice so that you know your rights as an energy consumer.
You might want to get a better deal, find out how to make a complaint, get advice about the quality of your electricity or gas supply, or ask for help if you're struggling to pay your bills.
To "Know your rights" visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/energy for up to date information or contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
You can also view and download the Citizen Advice 'Know your rights' information document by clicking the link below