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Reducing your energy use

Making small changes at home can help you use less energy and save money on your bills.

Energy bills are generally higher in winter because people use heaters, often take longer showers and have the lights on longer due to shorter daylight hours. Being careful about how you use energy at home can help you avoid a large energy bill during the colder months.

  • Heaters are one of the biggest energy users in your home, so only use them when necessary.
  • Portable heaters and coolers can be cheap to buy but cost you more if they are expensive to run.
  • Gas heaters are more efficient than electric heaters to operate.
  • Fans are the cheapest and most energy efficient form of cooling.
  • If you can, set a timer on your heater when you go to bed so it isn't running all night long.
  • Keep doors closed to keep the warm or cool air where you need it most.
  • Stop cold air from creeping in under doors in winter by using door snakes.
  • Try adding an extra layer of clothing or extra blankets to help keep you warm.
  • Switch off lights when you leave a room to use less electricity.
  • Turn off TVs, DVD players, computers, mobile phone chargers, etc at the power point. Turning off standby power can save you up to 10% off your energy bill.
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