Energy efficiency could help save money for Scunthorpe residents
WITH many households facing the prospect of higher energy bills this winter, and family budgets being stretched in 2013, leading housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group, is giving Scunthorpe residents some easy ways to ensure their homes are more energy efficient in the New Year.
Those keen to save on energy costs, or with a New Year's resolution to cut carbon emissions can start by taking a look around the home and making a few simple changes to ensure their heating and energy use is that little bit more efficient. The following tips can help:
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Remember to turn lights and electrical appliances completely off when they're not in use, limit draughts around doors and windows and insulate water pipes and your hot water cylinder to prevent heat from being lost and keep the water hotter for longer.
A large proportion of a household's energy bill goes towards heating and hot water. Taking a short shower instead of a bath saves both water and energy, and going one step further to install a more efficient shower head can take as little as five minutes.
As you replace old light bulbs, be sure to invest in their energy saving counterparts. What may seem like a splurge at the supermarket on eco-friendly light bulbs will soon pay for itself in savings on energy bills.
Dennis Evans, managing director from Sanctuary Maintenance, said: "Maintaining and running properties can be costly so we fully understand how important small changes like these can be for those on limited incomes.
"These top ten tips are things that we can all do right now to help every pound go a bit further in the coming year."