Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Energy Advice to Save You Money

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Energy Advice to Save You Money

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Uk indigenous oil and gas resources are running out, and it is forecast that by the end of the decade we will be relying upon imports of these precious essentials.

That this is already happening is demonstrated by the number of price hikes over the past year for gas and electricity, with new rises likely next year.

Saving energy has never been more relevant. Not only will it help UK resources last longer, but it will help the environment by reducing the release of greenhouse gases emitted when fuel is used. It will help save you money.

This year we have been warned to expect a severe winter, so there has never been a better time to think about your energy needs.

To help you make the most of your energy use and to save wastage, we asked David Lacey, Director of the Energy Saving Trust's North-East Energy Advice Centre for some advice about energy saving in the home and how to reduce fuel bills. Here are his top 10 simple tips.

Top tips for reducing your energy use in the home and to save you money.

1. Turn the heating down. You don't need to overheat your home. Use the heating controls to reach the temperature you need. The recommended room temperature is between 18A and 21AC. If it's higher, try turning it down by 1AC. You probably wouldn't notice the difference, but it could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you around pounds 30 per year.

2. Check the water temperature thermostat. Setting it to 60AC/140AF should be enough. You don't need it scalding hot to have a hot bath, and you could save yourself money too.

3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and take care not to drape them over radiators. This simple measure could save you around pounds 10 to pounds 15 per year.

4. Always turn off unnecessary lights. Lighting accounts for 10 to 15% of the average household electricity bill. It sounds simple enough, but somehow always difficult for families with teenagers.

5. Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave batteries on charge unnecessarily. Leaving the mobile phone charger plugged in and switched on is still draining energy and costing you money. …

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