How to control your energy costs
“Now is the time to start thinking about how to control your energy costs as within many households in the UK rising energy costs can become a problem. However there are many things you can do in your own home to try and lower your own bills while also saving energy. These tips can range from being better informed about your homes insulation to switching off electrical appliances that are not being used.
- Insulation – Over time insulation will deteriorate meaning that any heat within your home will escape which will make your home colder. Get your insulation checked and if it is not up to standard you may be entitled to free insulation. The benefits of having insulation in your home are rewarding as during cold spells your home could be warmer and your heating would not need to be on as long thus saving you money.
- Heating controls – Taking the time to understand your heating controls such as thermostats is important as then you can then make better use of them and not waste money. Hot water thermostats can be used to make sure your boiler is being used efficiently and that it is also set at an appropriate and safe temperature. Hot water tanks can be set to 60 degrees, while for combi-boilers 40 degrees is fine.
- Proper use of electrical appliances – Make sure to turn off lights and appliances when leaving a room. When on standby appliances still use electricity, so turn them off and you could save up to £80* a year. Fridges and freezers should also if possible be full as in turn these appliances will use less energy. Also when using your kettle make sure to use the appropriate amount of water for what you need, so just fill the kettle for the one cup of tea as a full kettle will use more energy.
All these tips are here to help you during this winter period. If you require more information please go to Greener Kirkcaldy’s website where this more help regarding reducing energy bills. Also you could drop into High Street Hub at 252a High Street (Bottom of Oswald’s Wynd) Kirkcaldy, KY1 1LA Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. You can even arrange for a home energy advice visit where an advisor could give detailed advice regarding your home. Call them on 01592 858458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”