Our Energy Team is here to help you with energy saving tips that are not only easy
to carry out but can reward you with big savings.
Home Energy Scotland
To check if you qualify for any benefits or to get advice about insulation grants
or different energy tariffs you can call Home Energy Scotland for free impartial
energy advice on 08088 082282
They also give advice on saving energy in your home, how to make your home warmer
and save money, renewable energy technologies, waste prevention and much more.
Do you need help using your heating system?
When you move into a new house it's not always easy to know how to use your heating
system. Energy Saving Trust have produced short videos giving you clear advice on
how to use your:
Electric Storage Heating.
Gas central heating.
For further information and advice you can visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
Energy saving tips
Here are some handy tips that you can do for free to help you save energy and money.
Close the door when you leave a room. It stops the warm air escaping.
Close your curtains when it gets dark to keep heat in and the cold out.
Don't put furniture or curtains in front of radiators. They will absorb the heat
and stop it warming the room. If you have storage heaters, remember to close the
damper or output dial (sometimes called the boost) before you go to bed or if you
go out during the day.
By turning your room thermostat down one degree you can save 10% on your fuel bill
without noticing any difference in your comfort. The recommended temperature for
a living room is 21C. Set your hot water thermostat at 60C.
Only heat your hot water for the hours you need it. It is more expensive to leave
it on all day. Set your thermostatic radiator valves higher in the rooms you use
and lower in the rooms you don’t use.
Don't keep electrical appliances on standby because they still use energy. Turn them
fully off when you’re not using them.
Put lids on pots when cooking. The food cooks quicker which saves energy and less
moisture is released into the kitchen. If you have a gas cooker, keep the tip of
the gas flame under the pan. The heat is in the tip not the side of the flame.
Only fill your kettle up with as much water as you need. But for safety remember
to cover the element.
Hang washing outside wherever possible rather than using your tumble dryer. Tumble
dryers use a large amount of energy. Use your 'half load’ or ‘economy’ setting on
your washing machine when you do not have a full load of washing.