See if you’re saving as much energy as you could be.
Insulate your loft and wall cavities and draught proof your windows and doors. Many older householders will be eligible for non-repayable grants to pay for home improvements.
Use thermostatic radiator valves and turn down the central heating thermostat to control room temperature. Reducing the temperature in rooms you rarely use is a good way of lowering your usage.
Close the curtains at night, thick or lined curtains are surprisingly effective at keeping heat in. Close internal doors too to keep heat in the rooms you’re using.
Compare energy tariffs /suppliers and consider switching companies to get the best deal. Fixing your tariff can also help to safeguard against future price rises.
Make sure the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble drier is full before using them.
Turn appliances off standby when they’re not in use or use a “standby saver”. Many appliances still use a lot of electricity even when on standby. If you’re not using it then turn it off!
Don’t boil what you won’t use. Only boil what you need in the kettle or invest in instant boil or eco kettles. Consider heating a mug or two’s worth of water on the hob.
Use energy efficient lighting – there are a wide range of LEDs (extremely low wattage Light Emitting Diodes) or CFLs (compact fluorescents) available in all different shapes, sizes and wattage.
Consider the efficiency rating when purchasing new electrical items (AG colour scale). These ratings are designed to help you identify the items that will cost you least to use. A is the most efficient, G is the least.
Save money by cycling or walking short journeys. For longer distances, why not consider using public transport or carpooling on your daily commute, this saves on fuel, parking, car maintenance and more.
Sourced from Energy Trust and Greenscotland.org