Big Energy Saving Week 2021 is here!
Our experts give their Top Tips to help you start saving energy, money and help the environment.
Big Energy Saving Week 2021 is running from 18th to 24th January and is part of the Big Energy Saving Winter national campaign to encourage people to look at how they can reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bills, and how to find out if they are eligible to get financial support.
Making our homes more energy-efficient really can make a big difference. When we make simple changes to our daily activities, we can all see benefits in energy and money savings, and of course the environment benefits too.
This is the 8th Big Energy Saving Week which sees a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is focusing on raising public awareness and highlighting how we can all save energy and reduce our bills by switching energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal for your home, along with accessing discounts and grants.
1. Switching Energy Suppliers
The free Citizens Advice energy price comparison tool is a great place to start if you want to see if you can save money by switching energy supplier. It is totally independent and compares energy suppliers and gives a customer service rating for the major energy companies.
2. How to Access Benefits & Grants
If you live in England, the Government's Green Homes Grant can provide vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their home. You can check if your home is eligible for a Green Home Grant on the UK Government website.
You might also be able to take advantage of other benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers. Take a look at the Citizens Advice website here for further information.
3. Get Smart with Smart Thermostats
Smart heating technology helps heating by automating home energy usage. How many of us turn off the thermostat before we leave home or heat room we don’t use? The result is a huge waste of energy and money. In homes that use smart heating thermostats, usage is automatically regulated, with homeowners having the added benefit of being able to turn appliances on or off while they are away from home on PCs or smart devices. Find out more here…
It’s as easy as swapping a light bulb! Replacing a traditional bulb with an LED (Light Emitting Diodes) or CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) will save you a few pounds every year for each bulb you change. The more bulbs you replace the more you save on your electricity bill. The HIVE Active Dimmable Light saves energy and money while allowing you to control the lighting in your home from your smart phone or home assistant too.
4. Reduce your Heating Bills
Heating your home is a major outgoing, especially in the winter. You can save money and energy here too. Even little fixes can mount up to significant savings in your energy bills. For example, fitting your hot water cylinder with an insulating jacket will save you £20 a year in heating costs and 150kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
Regular boiler maintenance is essential to ensure your boiler is working as efficiently as possible and of course avoid break downs!
5. Keep Your Home Cosy with Insulation
A quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home, and about a third of heating is lost through the walls. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills. When it comes to cavity wall insulation, generally houses built from the 1990s onwards have wall insulation, but if your house is older then you need to check.
Take a look at our insulation products for lofts and wall insulation and keep your house cosy this winter.
Draught proofing will also help fill any gaps and stop heat escaping. Expanding foam is a cheap and easy fix to improve energy efficiency and insulates again damp and draughts.
If you want any further energy saving tips or how to reduce your bills by making your home more energy efficient, our experts will be happy to help. Call our Helpline on 01642 204 414 (Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm) or get in touch here.