Top Tip

Top Tip

Postby Andrew@TheEC » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:35 am

Welcome to our top tips thread!

These are the top tips that are recommended by our users. If you have a tip that works for you, make sure to share it below.

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Re: #BESW14 Top Tip Competition

Postby BeWarmer » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:41 am

We know that we'll save money if we turn down the central heating thermostat. Energy Saving Trust say we save £65 for every degree, so changing the setting from 21C to 18C saves nearly £200.

But how can we do that and still feel warm? The truth is 18C is fine if you're moving around - you only feel cold after sitting for a while. So the answer is secondary heating where you spend your time sitting - your favourite chair, your home office desk etc.

An under-rug heater is an ideal form of secondary heating as it consumes far fewer Watts than conventional portable heaters, is hidden from view beneath your rug, and gives you gentle radiant heat where you need it, under your feet.

The under-rug heater, allowing you turn-down or turn-off your central heating, is my top tip.
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Re: #BESW14 Top Tip Competition

Postby supersaver » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:57 pm

Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances which are left plugged-in or on standby. Nearly all electrical and electronic appliances can safely be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems.
NOTE some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record. You can check the instructions for any appliances you are unsure about in the user manual.

A typical household could save between £45 and £80 a year just by remembering to turn off appliances left on standby.
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Re: #BESW14 Top Tip Competition

Postby djgshef » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:05 pm

Don't heat the places in your house that you don't need to. Control the temperatures in different parts of the house so your living room is warm enough, unused spaces are not heated and your bedroom is cool (it's been proven to help you sleep better).
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