Top Tips for Saving Energy

Good for the planet, good for your pocket!

With the winter fast approaching, Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre has teamed up with Rutherglen and Cambuslang Citizens Advice Bureau to give you our top tips for saving energy. Read our top tips below to find out how you can save energy, help the environment and save you some money.

Why should we save power?

There are three good reasons why we should use energy efficiently in our homes and communities:

Energy is expensive. If you waste power you are wasting money

Inefficient use of energy is bad for the environment.

Energy efficient homes are good for your health.

Follow these simple tips and take control of your fuel bills.

  1. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%.
  2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
  3. Turn your appliances off when not in use. Leaving them on standby still burns energy.
  4. Avoid energy guzzling light fittings, for example fluorescent lights.
  5. Use energy saving bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb and could save up to £45 over the lifetime of the bulb
  6. Turn the lights off when you leave a room or use a dimmer switch when you don't need full lighting on.
  7. Put tin foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room and help prevent heat escap[ing through the walls.
  8. Close your curtains at dusk and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  9. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the element if you are using an electric kettle).
  10. Defrost your fridge freezer regularly.
  11. Fix leaking taps.
  12. Try to wash clothes at 30° where possible.
  13. Fill up the washing machine, dishwasher or tumble dryer in one go, otherwise use the half load / economy function.
  14. Keep fridges and freezers shut tight and at the correct temperature.
  15. Use the hob for cooking whenever possible rather than the oven.
  16. Avoid heat loss in the oven by keeping the door closed until the food is ready.
  17. Turn your toaster setting down by one.
  18. Unplug all appliances when not in use, or they will continue to use energy.
  19. Have showers instead of baths.
  20. When buying appliances check their energy efficiency rating.