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In the community Energy saving tips for your home


Kitchen • Defrost food naturally, not under a tap of running water • Set your washing machine to 30 degrees • If hand-washing your dishes, fill a bowl rather than leave the hot tap running • Only fill the kettle to the required amount • Defrost the fridge and freezer regularly to ensure efficiency.


Bathroom • Shower instead of taking a bath for less water usage


• Fit a water efficient shower head. This saves money twice as less water is heated and less water is used


• Ensure the thermostat is on Emersion/hot water tank is set to 60 degrees (do not set lower as this can encourage legionaries).


Around the Home • If you are on gas or electric, have a look at uSwitch.com to make sure you are on the best tariff • The Home Heat Helpline on 0800 336699 can offer impartial advice • If you are over 60, visit: ageuk.org.uk/buy/gas-and-electricity/age-uk-energy to get the best tariff


• Turn your thermostat down slightly, and even more during the night – by turning it down by a one-degree reduction can result in a savings of up to 10%


• Check for draughts around doors/windows, and close your curtains at dusk to avoid heat loss • Use draught excluders at the bottom of interior room doors • Don’t leave appliances on standby; this uses unnecessary energy • Fully load your washing machine; several small loads is more expensive than one big one • Use energy saving light bulbs where possible.


Additional support


during winter Getting ready for the cold weather means that you’re more likely to keep warm and well. Starting from Monday, 31 October we are offering additional heaters to people whose medical conditions deteriorate due to the cold weather. Please call us on 0300 365 5000 if you would like to pre-order a heater.


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