Improving energy efficiency

Effective ways to stop wasting energy and money

If your home isn’t energy efficient, not only will you be wasting energy but you'll be wasting money as well.  Contact the Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Helpline This link will take you to an external website...  on 0800 107 0044 for free, impartial and expert advice on reducing your energy bills, heating your home affordably, getting the best deal for your energy and the grants and financial help you could be entitled to.

Follow these top ten energy saving tips to start saving energy and money today.

1.  Loft insulation - The first step to reducing heating bills is to stop warmth escaping. A third of the heat lost in a home is lost through the loft.  You could save up to £150 per year and receive a grant to help with the cost

 2.  Cavity wall insulation - Around a third of the heat lost in an un-insulated house is through the walls. You could save around £115 each year and receive a grant to help with the cost

3.  Draught proofing doors - Eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing cheap brushes or PVC seals on your exterior doors. Letterboxes and keyholes should be covered too. You can install draught proofing yourself.

4.  Draught proofing gaps - Draughts can stem from gaps in floorboards and skirting boards, and allow heat to escape in winter. Put an end to these draughts by filling these gaps with newspaper, beading or sealant.

5.  Energy saving light bulbs - Energy saving light bulbs last around 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and use a fraction of the energy of an equivalent traditional bulb. Each bulb you fit could save you £3 a year in electricity over the bulb's lifetime. They come in a wide variety of styles and sizes.

6.  Hot water tank jacket - Hot water tank jackets are inexpensive and with all the heat they save pay for themselves within months. Fit one that's at least 75mm (3") thick and you could save around £35 a year.

7.  High efficiency boiler - In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. If your boiler is over 15 years old it's probably time to replace it. You could be eligible for a grant to help with the cost.

8.  Energy efficient appliances - When purchasing new appliances, try to buy the most efficient appliance you can afford.  Appliances are rated for their energy efficiency on a scale of A - G, with A being the most efficient.

9.  Double glazing - Double glazing cuts heat loss through windows and could cut your heating bill by around £135 a year.

10. Don’t waste energy! - Turn off lights that are not needed, don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.

For free, independent and expert advice on saving energy and managing energy bills and for the latest information on the grants and offers available call the Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Helpline This link will take you to an external website...  on 0800 107 0044.

Home Energy Conservation Act
Under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) the council is required to produce a report setting out the measures that they consider practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area and report on progress made every two years.  The Home Energy Conservation Act Progress Report for 2013 - 2015 can be downloaded on this page. 

Last reviewed: 16 - 11 - 2015

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