Safestyle UK, working with government initiative ACT ON CO2, providing homes across the nation with energy saving uPVC double glazing - one of the best steps you can take to keep the heat in and your fuel bills down.
But it doesn't stop there. While the very best energy saving windows and doors can help you reduce your heating bills, there are other helpful things you can do to ACT ON CO2! These eight tips can also help you save up to £300* a year. Most of them take nothing more than a little will power and the willingness to change a few habits - so what are you waiting for? It's money in the bank!
- Don't leave electrics on standby. Your TV, computer, DVD player and loads of other electrical kit in your house all use power when you leave them on standby. Switching stuff off at the mains can, on average save you £30 a year.
- Know your boiling point. If you're making one cup of tea, then boil one cup of water. If you're making a round, then boil as many cups as you need. It's simple enough and can add up to £25 a year saved.
- Look out of your windows. If it's a clear day, hang your clothes to dry outside instead of using a tumble dryer and you could save £10 a year.
- Energy saving light bulbs. Now there's a bright idea. Just one 20W energy saving bulb can save you £60 over its lifetime, compared to a standard 100W one.
- Wrap up warm. It's not just people that need to wrap up. Your hot water tank and pipes benefit from some insulation too. It's simple to fit, and could pay for itself in 6 months.
- Loft insulation. You might already have it, you might not. But it's worth knowing that you should have a depth of 270mm to really see the benefits. Add some cavity wall insulation to that mix and you're looking at up to £180 of savings per year.
- Know your energy levels. If you're buying a new fridge, boiler, dishwasher or other electrical appliance, look out for the Energy Saving Recommended sticker. Even if it's not the cheapest model there, it will be more efficient in the long run so you won't be out of pocket for long.
- Speculate to accumulate. A boiler is not a cheap bit of kit, but if yours is over 10 years old, it's worth looking into replacing it with a new model with heating controls. It could save you around £210 per year. And that sort of money soon adds up!
For more information on these and other ways you can save energy visit Act on CO2 Calculator or call the ACT ON CO2 helpline on 0800 512 012.
Don't forget, Safestyle's energy saving windows, doors and composite doors can help make your home more energy efficient, helping you save energy and save money - take action today!
*All statistics correct at time of writing (Feb 2009) provided by DEFRA based on CERT calculations and relate to an average 3 bedroom semi-detached home.