Your solar PV installation will reduce your carbon footprint -by around 1 TON per year for a 2.5kWp system. However we want to help you maximise your system and in turn save you even more money.
Heating Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you expect to return.
Turn the room thermostat down by 1 degree. This can save you around £30 a year.
Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
Insulate your loft space and consider cavity wall insulation too.
Wrap your house up warm.
Think of how much heat you lose from your own head now think how much heat you will save by insulating the head of your house, loft insulation can save you up to 20 % on your heating bills.
Double-glazing now has an energy ratings just like your electrical appliances so its easy for you to see how efficent one product is to another. Double glazing could cut your heat loss by 50%, and save you around £100 a year on bills, it has other benefits also like improved appearance of your home and a greater noise reduction.
Fast food = cheap food
Your microwave is fast and efficient particularly for small families and singles and use around a third of the energy of a conventional gas or electric cooker.
Amazingly a shower uses around a third of the water of a bath so is a great way to keep clean however a further improvement on this is to cut a minute off your shower time by doing so you could save about 3,300 litres of water a year and enough electricity to heat water for 6000 cups of tea and if you are on a water meter again means further savings.
Tea for 2 not 8
This is something we all do according to a recent survey it is estimated that if you fill a kettle just to roughly the amount you require i.e 2 cups of tea rather than filling half way , you could save 1 minute 30 seconds. This over fill every day for a year would equate to the amount of energy we need to run our home for over 50 days
Use energy efficient light bulbs which use less energy and last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs.
Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems, and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.
Electrical items on standby will cost you tens of pounds per year if simply left on standby