Energy saving tips
Switch and save
If you’ve never switched energy supplier, or you’ve not done so in over a year, then you could be missing out. It only takes a few minutes to run an energy comparison and switching supplier could save you hundreds of pounds on your gas and electricity bills. You may want to do your bit for the environment too, by switching to a green energy deal.
To switch energy supplier, you will need the following information:
• Your postcode
• The name of current supplier
• The name of your current energy tariff and how much you spend on electricity a year. You can find this information on a recent bill.
• Your bank details if you will be paying by direct debit.
• An up-to-date meter reading
• Your Meter Point Access Number (or ‘MPAN’) for Electricity and Meter Point Reference Number (or ‘MPRN’) for Gas. You can also find these on a recent bill.
Visit the Ofgem website for instructions on how to switch energy supplier.
Keep warm and save
Heating makes up the majority of energy usage in homes. Gas central heating is a lot cheaper than electrical heating. If you have an electric fire, try to use it as rarely as possible. If you are out of the house for long periods of time, use the timer to switch your central heating off and on when you go out and come back, so it’s not heating your home when you’re not in. Remember, lowering your heating by one degree can save you around £80 a year.
Ask your energy supplier for a smart meter or a smart meter display. A smart meter will send monthly readings to your energy supplier automatically, so you don’t have to try to remember. You can use a smart meter display to help set your budget and monitor your usage.
Switch off and save
Many of your electrical items, such as TVs, have a standby mode that they go into when they’re not in use, but they’re still using electricity and costing you money. Save on average £30 a year by switching off TVs and other electrical items. Create a routine to switch off before bed or work, or you can use a timer on the socket, so you don’t have to try to remember.
Shop and save
When it’s time to buy a new white good, such as a washing machine, choose one with a high energy-efficiency rating. This will save you money. An A+++ washing machine will typically use £65 less energy than an A+ one over an 11-year product lifespan. A modern, efficient dishwasher will typically cost around £7 less a year to run compared to an older model. An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.
Wash and save
Wash clothes at a lower temperature to save energy and money. Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your energy usage. If you can cut out one wash cycle per week, you’ll save £5 off your annual energy bill.
You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.
Perhaps put a clock in the bathroom so you can encourage yourself or members of your family to have quicker showers.
Use solar panels and save
As of 2020, we have 2000 homes with solar panels. If you live in one of these, you can save money by using electricity in the middle of the day. White goods that use electrical heating such as washing machines and dryers should be used one after the other during the day.
Please be aware – we aren’t currently accepting requests to install new solar panels. We will inform residents when this changes.