Tips for Saving Energy
- If you are replacing or fitting new windows, choose double or triple
glazing with 'low-e' (low emissivity) glass on the inner pane as
it saves even more energy.
- Fit a condensing boiler rather than a conventional one. It reduces
exhaust gases and is 90% efficient while a conventional boiler is
- Fit reflective foil panels behind radiators, to reflect heat back
into the room.
- Fit a shelf over radiators to stop heat escaping to the ceiling.
- Fit thermostatic valves (TRVs) to your radiators. Ask your plumber
- Fit programmable heating controls - run the system where and when
you need it.
- Solar panels produce 'free' energy and zero emissions. This energy
can provide much of the heat for hot water, but bear in mind that
at current costings this is a longer term investment. Contact the
Solar Trade Association for advice.
- Heat exchangers can be fitted to the fans in the bathroom and
kitchen to reclaim heat from extracted air.
- Fit insulation under timber floorboards and concrete floors, but
leave a well ventilated gap below timber floors.
- Fill gaps between the skirting board and floor.
- There are many well tried and tested methods of cavity fill, including
CFC-free polystyrene beads, mineral foam or non-CFC blown foam. Look
out for those which are approved. Avoid using urea formaldehyde foam
as the gases given off are an irritant.
- Make sure your loft is fully insulated. To be most efficient insulation
should be at least 150 mm thick. If it is not think 161 about topping
it up. Do not insulate under the cold water tank and always leave
some ventilation along the eaves.
- Always use a protective face mask and gloves when fitting fibre
insulation and always follow product guidance when doing the work.
- Make hot water pipes as short as possible and insulate them to
reduce heat loss, both above and below floor level.
- Draught proof your outside doors and windows.
- If you have a room with a fire or boiler, make sure you maintain
some ventilation. Use an air brick or vent to the outside.
- Household appliances such as washing machines and fridges are
now required by law to show their energy efficiency in terms of a
rating A to G. Those with a rating nearer to A will have a higher
energy efficiency and hence reduced running costs. Look for the energy