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Saving energy

Saving energy in the home can help you cut your gas and electricity bills. Here are some tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient and where to go for further help and advice. 

Person installing loft insulation

Rica is a UK consumer research charity that works with older and disabled consumers. We don't sell products. Our research aims to help you save energy and choose central heating controls that will work best for you. 

Making your home more energy-efficient

You may also be able to get financial help paying for energy improvements.

Tips for saving money on energy

Some less expensive ways of saving energy and money:

  • Fit reflective foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder has an insulating jacket.
  • Draught-proof your doors, letterboxes and loft hatches using self-adhesive foam or a rubber seal.
  • Clear space around your radiator to let cold air travel to the bottom and hot air escape from the top.
  • Close doors and curtains to keep the heat in, but let sunlight in during the day – it’s free heat.
  • Read your meter regularly and update your supplier. Estimated bills can lead to overcharging.

Save energy using heating controls

  • Use a programmer or programmable thermostat to turn off the heating when it's not needed.
  • Turn down your thermostat by just 1°C could cut your heating bill by 10%.
  • Install TRVs for your radiators. Thermostatic radiator valves can help you keep rooms you do use at a comfortable temperature, while keeping the heating low in rooms you don't use.
  • Which?, the consumer organisation, has a summary of ways to save energy by using heating controls.
Download the complete guide: Choosing central heating controls and saving energy (PDF).
For this guide in audio or braille formats, please contact:
Thomas Pocklington Trust (audio and braille guides)
Tel: 

020 8090 9268

 

Acknowledgements:  The research was carried out by Rica with support from Thomas Pocklington Trust.

 

Last updated: November 2016


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