5 ways you can save energy even when it gets cold

11/10/2018

Winter is coming! As the temperature drops it is time to wrap up warm but also be mindful about how you use energy in your home.

When the cold weather sets in, it's important to keep your home warm and ventilated to avoid condensation and damp, but at the same time, it makes good sense to be mindful of usage not only for the sake of the environment, but your wallet too!

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To help you reduce your energy consumption this winter, we've pulled together our 5 top tips for how to use energy wisely in the winter period.

  1. Avoid leaving appliances on standby and switch them off entirely by unplugging them. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save around £30 a year just by avoiding using your appliances standby mode.
  2. Turn your thermostat down. According to the NHS if you're under 65, healthy and active you can safely have your home cooler than 18°C, so long as you are comfortable.
  3. Switch to energy-saving LED bulbs. Although these might be more expensive in the short term, in the long run it is estimated they will save you money on your bills as well as being a smarter choice for the environment.
  4. Wash your clothes at 30°C. Most laundry detergents are designed to work effectively at 30°C or even lower so try washing at lower temperatures.
  5. Treat yourself to a snuggly throw! Is there anything cosier than a snuggling under a blanket during a Netflix binge? Plus it also means won't need your heating on full blast.

Even if you are on one of our Bills Inclusive Tenancies, remember that the Fair Usage Policy applies, so it's always a good idea to think twice about how you can save energy this winter.

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