Energy efficiency tips

Helping you save money and be more energy efficient

Taking a few simple steps can increase the energy efficiency of your home and save you money:

Keeping in heat

  • Close the curtains at dusk and tuck them behind any radiators (except gas wall heaters).
  • Move furniture that blocks heat from radiators.
  • Cover up draughty gaps around letter boxes, key holes and doors.
  • Open internal doors of rooms which get most of the sunlight to allow warm air to travel through and heat your home naturally.

Other measures

  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room and are not going to return soon.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs - Fitting just one energy saving light bulb can save you on average £3 a year, and by swapping all the inefficient bulbs in your home for energy-saving alternatives you could save around £55 per year.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances - When replacing appliances look for the Energy Efficiency Recommended Logo as a guide to help you choose the most energy efficient product. An 'A' rated fridge can save you about £40 a year compared to a 'G' rated one.
  • When making a hot drink - Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
  • Don't leave the TV, video or computer on standby. Switch off appliances at the wall or pull the plug out as leaving unnecessary items on standby could cost each household an average of £37 a year.
  • Don't leave mobile phones and other equipment on charge unnecessarily.

Switch energy supplier

  • If you have never switched energy supplier, you could save money on your energy bills by moving to a better tariff. Have a look at comparison sites and you might find a better deal. For advice, contact Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau.

Further Energy Advice and Assistance

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