Tips from the eco-group this month. With winter time quickly approaching again, its good to revisit, and think of these tips below.  Save your carbon footprint and help save Gods Creation. Loft insulation Insulating your loft is another simple way to save energy – you can even do it yourself.  If your loft is not insulated, you could be losing as much as 15% of your heating costs through the loft.  Look out for the insulation that consists of recycled materials.
A recommended thickness would be 270mm and more.
Turn down the heat Turning the thermostat down by 1°C can cut more than 10% from the average central heating bill.  Set your water cylinder at 58°C to use even less energy. Insulate your hot water tank Buying a jacket for your water tank will only cost £10–£15 but it pays for itself in months with all the heat it traps in.  Fit one that is at least 75mm (3") thick and you could save around £30 a year. Time it right Time your heating to reduce in temperature 30 minutes before you leave the house, and increase in temperature 30 minutes before you come home.  Try and keep your home at an even, comfortable temperature during the day and evening. Close your curtains This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.  Never put your curtains in front of a radiator though – doing so will block the heat. Cosy up at bedtime Time your heating to reduce in temperature 30 minutes before going to bed and leave at a constant low temperature over night (between 16-18?c), use a thicker duvet to keep you warm.  If you feel the cold use a wheat bag, just pop in the microwave, and use time and time again.  Time your heating to increase in temperature 30 minutes before you get up in the morning. Radiator Booster Mk2 – cut your heating bills and make your home warmer A Radiator Booster is an innovative, eco friendly product that uses a small fan to capture the heat that comes out the back of your radiator, circulating it better into your room.  It will heat your room faster, save lost energy, and reduce your heating bills, especially good if you have large rooms or rooms with cold spots. Simply place a Radiator Booster on top of a standard domestic radiator, and plug it in.  It’ll heat your room more quickly, allowing the boiler to shut down sooner, saving heating time and cost by as much as 50% – all for a running cost of about 30p a year! You could save on average between £70 and £140 per year per household. Night time light If you have an outside light, replace the bulb with a low energy light bulb.  You can also fit a timer or a motion sensor so it’s only used when needed.  You can also buy solar garden lights for night time lighting. Energy efficiency grants yes they are still available!
With energy prices at historic high levels, the need to insulate your home is becoming even more important.  If you receive a benefit, such as Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, and you own your own home or rent from a private landlord, you may qualify for a grant to help you insulate your home. Not in receipt of benefits? If you’re an owner-occupier, then grants between £75 and £300 are still available for: cavity wall insulation loft insulation, where there is either none or no more than 65mm depth of insulation material already in place Contact your energy supplier first for further information.

Hayden Taylor
Eco-Group