Turning down your thermostat by 1 degree could reduce your bills by up to 10%! Try and keep your home between 19 and 21 degrees.

Spending  less time in the shower each day will help save on your annual energy bills.  

 

Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge. Allow it to cool down so it won't use excess energy (or put your other food at risk).

Try not to use your lights unless they're needed - and switch off when you leave the room.

Only fill your kettle with as much water as you need.  

Choose the right size pan and put lids on pots when cooking. The food cooks more quickly, saving energy and releasing less moisture into the kitchen.

 

Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through windows. Just make sure they don't cover  radiators or heaters. 

 

If you have storage heaters, remember to close the output dial (sometimes called the damper or boost control) before you go to bed or if you go out during the day. This stops the release of heat when it isn't needed

 

De-frost your freezer and fridge regularly - at least once a year.  This avoids the appliance having to work harder to maintain the correct temperature. 

 

Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones - just one bulb can reduce your lighting costs by up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb.

 

Lemon Aid

Citrus Energy is a social enterprise which helps people to cut the costs of their gas and electricity bills. 

If you're struggling with rising fuel costs, particularly during the Winter months, Citrus Energy offer a service called Lemon Aid which may be able to help.


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Home Energy Scotland

Home Energy Scotland helps people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their energy bills and lower their carbon footprint.

They are funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Energy Saving Trust. Contact your Income Officer for further information on how to be referred. 

Read more on Home Energy Scotland