Energy costs money and it’s all too easy to waste both

Sustainability matters 
Here’s six ways to help you save:

  1. Turning down your thermostat 1°c can cut heating bills and save you around £65 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust.
  2. Use draught proofing around windows and doors. For more information see www.uswitch.com/insulation/guides/draught-proofing/.
  3. Switch to low energy  or LED (light emitting diode) lightbulbs. New to the market, LED bulbs cost a little bit more but last even longer and use less energy than other bulbs.
  4. Turning off lights when you leave a room could save you £15 a year.
  5. Don’t leave your appliances on standby – turn them off at the mains when not in use. With this simple measure you can save around £30 a year. Standby and energy saver plug in devices can be bought in shops or online.
  6. Wash clothes at 30°c instead of 40°c.

When the weather gets colder, use energy efficiently to keep warm but also keep costs down. Here are some tips for the winter switch-on between October and April.

Gas boilers and communal gas systems

Use your timer - The average home takes around 30 minutes to heat up or cool down, so set the timer to come on 30 minutes before you get up or get home and to go off 30 minutes before you go to bed or leave the house. Don’t pay for heat that isn’t needed.

Wandle replaces gas boilers after 20 years and services boilers annually to ensure they are working properly . If you need help to set your timer please let us know by calling 0300 2000 120.

Use your thermostats – don’t have every room’s thermostat  turned up to maximum,  especially if you are not using them.  Keep unused rooms on a low heat to provide background heat and help prevent condensation.

Storage heaters

There are no fumes and they require almost no maintenance compared to other types of heating.

Electric storage heaters use off-peak electricity to ‘charge up’ overnight and then release heat during the day. 

A standard electric storage heater has two controls - an ‘output’ setting and an ‘input’ setting. The output setting will control how much heat is given out (as long as there is stored heat available). The input control determines how much electricity the heater will take from the grid during the coming night to be available the following day. 

Set the output dial according to how much heat you want now, and the input dial according to how much heat you think you will need tomorrow. If a heater runs out while you still need it, or if the weather gets colder, you may need to turn the input dial up. If the weather gets warmer, or you find that the heater never runs out, you can probably save money without getting cold by turning the input dial down.

Turn the output dial to zero before you go to bed or go out, that way  you’re not wasting energy. You can do this about an hour before you go to bed, as it will take a while for the heater and room to cool down.

During the summer turn them off at the wall, not just by turning the dials to zero. You will need to turn them on again the day before you need the heating to come back on.

Room thermostats

Similar to a central heating thermostat, a room thermostat helps keep rooms at a comfortable temperature. When the air around the thermostat dips below a set temperature, the storage heaters will release heat until that temperature is reached.

Room thermostats need a free flow of air to sense the temperature, so they must not be blocked by curtains or furniture, or put near heat sources. 

Your room thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature - typically between 18 and 21 degrees.