Five ways to save energy at work or at home

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Many businesses and households want to introduce energy saving devices or alter the way they use their energy to save money on their ever rising energy bills, below we have 5 top tips to energy saving and reducing your bills.

1. Turn it down!
Many businesses and households have their central heating set higher than they need it, without even realising it. Try turning down your room thermostat by one degree. Leave it for a day and if you still feel warm enough, try turning it down another degree. Carry this on until it feels a bit too cool and then turn it back up one degree.
Every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year saving energy on your heating bill.

2. Turn it off!
Make sure you turn your lights, appliances and chargers off when you’re not using them. If you turn a light off for even a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes the light to start up again, no matter what sort of lights you have. And nearly all electrical and electronic appliances can safely be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems – the only exceptions are satellite and digital TV recorders which should be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record – but check the instructions on any appliances you aren’t sure about.
A family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off, if they don’t already do this.

3. Careful in the kitchen!
Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need.You can save another £40 a year just by being careful how you use your kitchen appliances.

Next steps
Most businesses and households could do steps one, two and three without having to spend even a penny. So if you’re not doing them already, start now and you could save up to £155 a year – that’s more than home energy bills went up at the last big price rise.

4. Be a draught excluder!
Unless your home or business premises is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around doors and windows and gaps around the floor.
So why not buy some proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows, seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant. Depending on your premises, materials could cost up to £160 but you could save up to £75 a year, so they’ll pay for themselves in less than two years with this energy saving measure.

5. Lighten your load!
Have you changed all your light bulbs for low-energy ones? Even the halogen spot lights?  You can now get LED Lighting spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as a full range now available to replace all regular light bulbs too.  They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings and some of the trusted brands have a 5 year warranty.
If the average household and business replaced all their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with LED’s and all their halogen spotlights with LED’s it would cost around £150 and save around 80% a year on your lighting costs.

For more information why not visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/

  1. Leaving the heating on all day on a low temperature is cheaper than turning the heating up and down or on and off – FALSE: Room thermostats turn the heat on and off when your home reaches the set temperature that you feel comfortable at.
  2. Cranking up the thermostat heats your home / office quicker – FALSE: No matter how high you set the temperature, the rate at which your central heating distributes heat remains constant.
  3. Electrical appliances, such as computers, laptops, TV’s, chargers etc; don’t use electricity when they’re plugged in but not in use – FALSE: Some electrical appliances and chargers draw energy even when the devices are not being used. The best way to avoid this is to remember to switch off at the wall and pull out the plug.
  4. With traditional light-bulb fittings, you cannot do a straightforward swap with energy saving bulbs and LED light bulbsFALSE: Energy saving and LED light bulbs come in all shapes and sizes and can now be fitted in downlighters, free-standing lamps and traditional pendants
  5. When using a desktop computer, screensavers save energy – FALSE: Because your screen remains on, screensavers are basically another programme which consumes energy like any other. Switching off your monitor or even your whole computer when taking breaks is the most effective way to stop energy being wasted.


If you would like some more information or ideas on how to save energy at home or at work, talk to M&E Contrax, a part of the Western Industrial Group of companies.

Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage

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