Here's some general guidance on things you can try to reduce energy usage in your home.
- Turn down your thermostat. Every 1 degree down saves 7% on your total bill, £175 per year on average. Heat for less time and heat less rooms (e.g. by switching off the radiators in unused rooms) if you can
- Use the thermostat and the radiator valves to control the temperate in each room. Try using a thermometer to check you’ve got the settings just right
- You should aim for 18c in the living areas and 16c in the bedrooms. (Remember, below 16c in a room can pose a risk to health).
- Saving water and saving energy go hand in hand – tap aerators and low flow shower heads are often free from your water company and will reduce hot water use.
Adjust your boiler
- Stored hot water should be set at 65C to prevent legionella
- If you have a combi boiler at home - you don't have a hot water cylinder and there is a (usually white) plastic pipe under the boiler - you may wish to consider turning down the heating flow temperature.
- On the front - sometimes behind a flap - look for a dial or set of buttons with a radiator icon.
- You may also want to turn off the hot water pre-heat. Many boilers come on every few hours - night and day - to ensure there's always some hot water available. Most homes don't need this, and turning it off saves money.