Heating and lighting

Efficient heating systems can significantly reduce costs. A gas-condensing boiler fitted to the heating system will be more efficient and also creates less pollution. Make sure your heating system is serviced every year.

Here are some more top tips.

  1. Use low-energy light bulbs, they use 25% less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.
  2. Turn off lights in rooms that you are not using.
  3. Wear thin layers and remove or add layers according to how warm or cold you feel.
  4. If you have central heating, turn the thermostat down by 1ºC or use it for an hour less. 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.
  5. Close the curtains as soon as the sun starts to go down.
  6. Don’t wash hands, teeth or dishes under hot running water. Put a plug in the sink or use a washing-up bowl.
  7. Defrost or reheat food in the microwave. This uses less fuel than ordinary ovens.
  8. 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.
  9. Don’t overfill kettles. Boil the amount of water you need.
  10. Keep freezers full as this is more efficient, use newspaper to fill gaps.
  11. Switch off appliances (for example, the TV or video) instead of leaving them on standby.
  12. Regular defrosting will help fridges and freezers run efficiently.
  13. Check the seals on fridges and freezers.
  14. Fill your washing machine and use the 30ºC wash.