Energy Saving Information
Nabuh Energy aims to help its customers reduce the amount they spend on energy by better managing their energy usage. We can help you with advice on how you can do this. Here are a few simple steps you can take to save energy and reduce your bills, you can also download this information here.
Don’t leave Appliances on Standby
Appliances such as TVs, laptops and mobile phone chargers still use electricity when left on standby so you should switch them off completely when you’re not using them.
Don’t use More than You Need
Boiling a kettle uses quite a lot of electricity so make sure that you don’t fill it with any more water than you need. The same is true of dishwashers, washing machines and tumble driers so try not to use these until they are fully loaded.
Reducing the Heating a Little can make a Big Difference
Keeping warm in the winter is important, but turning down the thermostat for your heating by just 1° C could help reduce your heating costs by almost 10%. If you’re away from your home for a few days during the winter months, make sure that you set the heating to come on for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening at a low temperature setting (about 18° C) to help avoid burst pipes resulting from freezing.
Seal up the Gaps
Sealing any large spaces between floorboards and putting draught excluders at the bottom of doors will help the room keep in warm air and allow you to turn down the heating.
Wash Clothes at a Lower Temperature
Your clothes will come out just as clean if you wash them at 30°C rather than 40°C and you’ll save money as less energy will be used to heat the water.
Dry Clothes Outdoors
Drying your laundry outside on a washing line, when the weather is sunny, uses no energy at all (unlike a tumble dryer).
Fit Double Glazing
Fitting double glazing at your home, if you don’t already have this, reduces heat loss through windows by nearly 50% and will help lower your spending on heating. Closing your curtains when it gets dark and colder outside will also help reduce heat loss.
Replace your Boiler
If your boiler was installed at your home more than 10 years ago, it’s probably less efficient than more modern boilers. Replacing your boiler with a new high efficiency boiler will help you heat your home and water more efficiently and cost you less. Please remember that it’s important to make sure that you have your boiler serviced by a registered Gas Safe engineer at least every two years.
Have Heating Controls fitted
Most homes manage their heating by using a thermostat which can be used to set the temperature level. When the room that the thermostat is in reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to, the hot water supply to the radiators will be turned off. When the temperature in that room drops, the hot water supply to the radiators will be switched back on.
Most heating systems can also be set to switch on and off at certain times so that they’re only on when needed, thus saving energy. Also, some hot water tanks are fitted with cylinder thermostats so that the temperature of the hot water leaving the tank can be set so that it’s not heated more than is necessary. A plumber should be able to fit these heating controls for you if you don’t already have them installed at your home.
If an appliance is more energy efficient, this means that it uses less energy and costs less to run. When you replace your existing appliances, you can reduce the amount that you spend on energy by buying the most efficient appliance you can.
All new electrical appliances and gas boilers are rated on their level of energy efficiency. A+++ rated appliances are the most efficient and D the least efficient. An example of the label that is attached to appliances to show their energy efficiency level is given below.
If your home has a good level of insulation, then this will help reduce your energy spend as it will reduce the amount of heat that escapes through the roof and walls.
Walls are usually insulated using cavity wall insulation. This is installed by filling the gap between the two external walls with insulating material. In the case of older (pre 1940s) properties, which were generally built with a single external wall, solid wall insulation is normally used.
Loft insulation works in the same way as cavity wall insulation but reduces the amount of heat that escapes through the roof rather than through the walls. This is done by layering the attic floor with insulating material. Installing insulation, or topping up the amount of loft insulation that’s already there, can reduce heat loss through the roof by up to 25%.