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Save energy in and around your home with the following tips from the Broadland Energy Team:

kitchen and bathroom

lighting and electrical appliances

heating

insulation measures


kitchen and bathroom

  • Use the toaster rather than the grill
  • Keep lids on saucepans when cooking
  • Chopping food into small pieces cooks it faster
  • Choose the right size pan for the cooker ring
  • Switch off the cooker as soon as you have finished cooking
  • Allow hot food to cool quickly before putting into the fridge
  • Use a microwave instead of an oven if convenient
  • Only fill your kettle with the water you are going to use
  • Load / unload fridge / freezer as quickly as you can
  • Regularly defrost your fridge and freezer
  • Try to keep your freezer full to prevent cooling empty space.
  • Use the shower instead of the bath
  • Use a plug when running hot water
  • Put full loads in the washing machine or use the half load setting
  • Use the economy setting on the washing machine
  • Fill the tumble dryer with a full load and make sure it's vented
  • Put washing out to dry on warm, dry days
  • If you are drying clothes indoors use a clothes horse rather than a radiator

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lighting and electrical appliances

  • Turn off lights that aren't in use
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms
  • Keep light shades/bulbs clean for maximum light output
  • Use low energy bulbs where possible - they can save 80% compared with incandescent bulbs
  • Avoid leaving the TV on standby, it wastes your money

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heating

  • Turn down central heating by 1ºC to save 10% on fuel bills
  • If you're too hot turn your room thermostat down rather than opening a window
  • Set hot water thermostat (on cylinder) to 60ºC/140ºF
  • Block off chimneys you don't use but ensure adequate ventilation
  • Ensure all air vents are left unblocked
  • Put foil behind radiators to reflect heat into the room
  • Wall to wall carpets reduce heat loss
  • Fill gaps in skirting boards with a flexible filler
  • Have your boiler checked annually
  • If you need to replace your boiler, a condensing boiler would save your fuel 
  • Avoid using calor gas and paraffin heaters, they cause condensation
  • Is your heating fully controllable?  A central heating programmer increases energy efficiency
  • Time your central heating to switch off 1 hour before leaving for work
  • Time your central heating to switch on 30 minutes before returning home
  • Make sure the electricity tariff you are on is the right one for your system
  • Don't let curtains hang in front of radiators
  • Thick curtain linings reduce heat loss
  • Close curtains at dusk to retain heat
  • Keep internal doors closed to reduce draughts
  • Allow adequate ventilation to avoid condensation

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insulation measures

  • Insulate all hot water pipes to prevent heat loss
  • Ensure your loft insulation is 270mm thick
  • Ensure that cavity walls have been insulated
  • Always have a thick hot water jacket fitted
  • Have all external doors and windows draught proofed
  • Ensure your loft hatch is draught proofed to prevent heat escaping

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related pages

energy conservation

norfolk climate change strategy

energy grants

energy conservation FAQs

energy trailer

low carbon living project

contact us

Energy Team
Broadland District Council
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road
Thorpe St Andrew
Norwich NR7 0DU
tel: 01603 430627
fax: 01603 430616
email: energy@broadland.gov.uk