Saving Money in the Living Room

Radiator

  • Turn down your heating by 1oC and cut up to £90 off your energy bill.
  • Drying clothes: Don’t dry your clothes on the radiator. It makes your boiler work much harder and makes the air more humid and feel colder
  • Layer up: Instead of turning up the heating, put on another layer of clothing. This will reduce your heating bill.
  • Time it right: Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you come home.
  • Foil up: Putting reflective foil behind your radiators will reflect heat back into the room and increase the efficiency of your radiators. Their performance will also be improved if there is no furniture in front of them.

Stand by

  • Stay off stand by: Turn off at the socket and save up to 8% of your electricity bill
  • Mobiles: Don’t leave them charging all night. You are wasting electricity and reducing their battery capacity at the same time.
  • Stand by savings: You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode. Almost all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. Check their instructions first but some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.

Curtains

  • Double glazing: Keep the heat in and the noise out. Replacing your single glazing could save around £160 annually.[3]
  • Curtains: Close them as soon as it starts to get dark, to lock in the heat and keep your house warm.
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