Top ten energy saving tips

Top ten energy saving tips

uSwitch energy expert Ann Robinson explains her top ten energy saving tips. Find out how to use less energy and save money on your gas and electricity bills.

Everyone is talking about energy efficiency - using less gas and electricity isn't just good for the environment, it can save you money on your gas and electricity bills too.

We show you our top ten energy saving tips, which can help you to reduce your energy bills, as well as the amount of gas and electricity you use.

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    Energy saving tips

    Hi, I'm Ann Robinson and I'm an energy expert at uSwitch.com, and I'm going to give you some really good tips on how to reduce the amount of energy you use and reduce your bills.

    Let me start with the obvious one: make sure you don't have any draughts. Seal off your windows and doors. If you're using your dishwasher or washing machine make sure you have a full load. When you are using your washing machine make sure you have it at thirty degrees. You can get a really good wash that way, in fact you could drop down to fifteen degrees.

    Turn your heating down by one degree. Close your curtains when it gets dark. Only put as much water as you need in the kettle so if you're making a cup of tea for one, don't fill it to the top.

    Use energy-saving light bulbs, turn appliances off, don't leave them on standby, and if you've got a family watch what your children are doing , they'll cost you the earth. If they're leaving their appliances on and they're in their bedrooms for hours, playing with their computers or DVDs or whatever.

    Talk to your energy supplier or your local energy advisory centre. There's lots of help available for grants or financial help to install energy-saving measures. These are just some of my tips for saving energy but if you follow them I'm sure your bills will come down and they'll make you very, very happy.

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Ann's top energy saving tips

  • Draughts. Let me start with the obvious one - make sure you don't have any draughts. Seal off your windows and doors.

  • Full load. If you're using your dishwasher or washing machine make sure you have a full load. 30 degrees. When you are using your washing machine, make sure you have it at thirty degrees. You can get a really good wash that way - in fact, you can drop down to fifteen degrees.

  • 1 degree. Turn your heating down by one degree.

  • Curtains. Close your curtains when it gets dark.

  • Boiling water. Only put as much water as you need in the kettle, so if you're making a cup of tea for one, don't fill it to the top.

  • Light bulbs. Use energy saving light bulbs.

  • Standby. Turn appliances off, don't keep them on standby.

  • Family. If you've got a family, watch what your children are doing - they'll cost you the earth if they are leaving their appliances on and they're in their bedrooms for hours playing with their computers or DVDs or whatever.

  • Energy grants. Talk to your energy suppliers or your local energy advisory centre. There's lots of money available for grants and financial help to install energy saving measures.
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