04 Nov 2016

If you didn’t get a chance to attend one of our events throughout Energy Week, you could still consider some of the tips below to help reduce your energy costs.

  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep heat inside your rooms
  • Don’t leave windows open for long periods of time unnecessarily
  • Only fill your kettle with the amount of water you need, making sure to cover the kettle element. Overfilling kettles in the UK wastes enough energy to power 50% of the nation’s street lights!
  • Don’t leave the fridge door open and try to avoid putting hot or warm food straight into your fridge
  • Check the energy labels on new appliances for estimated annual electricity consumption
  • Cover saucepans with lids whenever possible and use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring
  • Many modern ovens, particularly those with fans, need little or no preheating
  • When using a dishwasher always wash a full load
  • If possible use a washing up bowl in the kitchen sink so you use less hot water.
  • Use a low temperature setting and only wash full loads or use a half-load or economy programme
  • Dry clothes outside in warmer weather
  • Use the shortest setting needed on your tumble dryer
  • Take a shower instead of a bath – a bath can use up to five times as much hot water as a shower.


Make the Call

The Benefits Uptake Team have been supporting Choice throughout Energy Week 2016. Millions of pounds go unclaimed every year and so we would advise all of our customers to make sure that you are not missing out on a benefit that you are entitled to.

Make the Call today and speak to a local Benefits Advisor to find out if they can help you on 0800 232 1271.

You can also read case studies which demonstrate the impact ‘Making the Call’ has made on the households who have already taken that step, at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/i-made-the-call