Top tips for saving on your energy bills - by BEAT

  1. Regularly review your gas and electricity tariffs.
  2. If you are a registered charity, check the VAT rate you are paying on gas and electricity (it should usually be 5% not 20%).
  3. Install a 7-day timer to control your heating and set in line with occupancy of the building.
  4. Turn your thermostat down by 1°C – this can save up to 8% of your heating costs.
  5. Prevent draughts by installing brush strips and seals on all external doors and covering letterboxes and keyholes.
  6. Install lagging on all hot water pipes – easy and cheap to do.
  7. Insulate your loft to a depth of at least 270mm – a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof and this will pay back in less than 5 years.
  8. Fit secondary glazing, blinds or curtains at single-glazed windows – all reduce heat loss.
  9. Label banks of light switches so users can easily just turn on the lights they need.
  10. Replace 50w halogen bulbs with 6w LED bulbs – the latter use a fraction of the energy and last a lot longer.

This information was written by Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT).

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