Energy advice from Green Dorset
Energy used in the home accounts for around one-quarter of all energy used in the UK. The average Dorset home uses around 4000 kWh of electricity per year. With a few changes, 10-15% savings can be easily achieved.
- curtains - close them at dusk to keep the heat in.
- laundry - wash at 30°C and dry outside when you can.
- kettle - use only the amount of water you need to save time and money.
- thermostat - turn your thermostat down by 1°C could save you £60 a year!
See more quick wins from the Energy Saving Trust.
A bit more time and budget:
- get a smart meter - smart meters show how exactly how much energy you are using in your home and what it's costing you, helping you to make smart decisions about your energy use. The government wants every home to have a smart meter by 2020. Visit Smart Energy GB to find out whether you can get one fitted.
- water pipes - pipe insulation is cheap and will keep your water hotter for longer! Find out more from Wessex Water.
- doors and windows - draught-proof your doors and windows to keep the warmth in. You can download a manual for draught busting.
- curtains - fit thermal linings to your curtains - you'll feel warm and cosy and might be able to turn the heating down.
- lights - replace old bulbs with LED bulbs. They come on quickly, have a good light and are cheap to run.
- home improvements - consider installing loft or cavity wall insulation or upgrading your heating system. Grants towards improvements are sometimes available, find out how much you could save.
- go renewable - switch to a green energy tariff
- for advice on switching energy suppliers visit the Citizens Advice website.