Heating and lighting
Efficient heating systems can significantly reduce costs. From time to time, there is grant funding to help with the cost of insulation for households that meet certain eligibility criteria.
Servicing your heating system
Make sure your heating system is serviced every year by a qualified engineer: to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, to help keep it working efficiently and to maximise its lifespan. The Bromsgrove Energy Efficiency Fund can help with this for low income home owners.
Check that your engineer has the appropriate accreditation:
- Gas heating systems: Gas Safe
- Oil or renewable heating systems: Oftec
- Solid fuel (e.g. coal), wood and biomass: HETAS - make sure that your chimney is swept every year to prevent chimney fires
Stay warm...and stay safe
Get Home Fire Safety advice - smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and more.
Some more top tips to save energy
- Use low-energy light bulbs, they use 25% less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.
- Turn off lights in rooms that you are not using.
- Wear thin layers and remove or add layers according to how warm or cold you feel.
- If you have central heating, turn the thermostat down by 1ºC or use it for an hour less (keeping the temperature at 18C or more in rooms that you are living in).
- Use the sun to warm the house by opening the inside doors of any rooms that receive sunlight. This will let the warm air travel through the house.
- Close the curtains as soon as the sun starts to go down.
- Don’t wash hands, teeth or dishes under hot running water. Put a plug in the sink or use a washing-up bowl.
- Defrost or reheat food in the microwave. This uses less fuel than ordinary ovens.
- Use the right size of pan for the food and cooker. Cut food into smaller pieces and put lids on pans. This will help food cook faster.
- Don’t overfill kettles. Boil the amount of water you need.
- Keep freezers full as this is more efficient, use newspaper to fill gaps.
- Switch off appliances (for example, the TV or video) instead of leaving them on standby.
- Regular defrosting will help fridges and freezers run efficiently.
- Check the seals on fridges and freezers.
- Fill your washing machine and use the 30ºC wash.