Energy Saving Week – Begins Today!

25th October 2010

The Energy Saving Trust launch Energy Saving Week today! This years theme is ‘control’, the EST would like people to look at ways that we can manage and minimise our energy consupmtion in the home. Each day of Energy Saving Week will have its own mini-theme, today is launch day!

Energy Saving Trust’s top tip for today is to complete a home energy check by completing the home energy check report you will be able to see where you can make improvements to your home that will save energy and hopefully money in the long term.

To get you started on energy saving here is 5 tips:

  1. Draughts -Eliminate draughtes and wasted heat by fitting a cheap, easy-to-fix brush or PVC seal on your exterior doors. Draughts also get in through gaps in floorboards and skirting boards, which also allow heat to escape in winter. Stop this waste by filling these gaps with newspaper, beading or sealant. Letterboxes and keyholes should be covered too.
  2. Energy Saving Light bulbs – They last around 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs, and each bulb you fit could save around £45 over its lifetime – or up to £70 if you are replacing a bright incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
  3. Hot Water – Your hot water could be too hot your cyclinder thermostat should be set at 60°C.
  4. Wrap Up – Insulate your hot water tank with a jacket! They are relatively inexpensive and will pay for themselves with months, a jacket that is at least 3 inches thick could save you around £35 a year.
  5. Look for the logo – Whening buying and replacing appliances, always look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo shown below. The recommendation means that the appliances are the most efficient in their category and could save you up to £38 a year.

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