Ideas to save energy

Ideas to save energy

Things to think about when you use your gas, electric and water

A gas bill

When you get a gas, electric or water bill, it will tell you how much gas, electric or water you have used. 

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If you use a lot of gas, electric and water, you will have to pay more than someone who does not use as much gas, electric and water.

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You might hear people talking about fuel poverty.

A lady wearing a hat and scarf and thinking about money and heating.

Fuel poverty is when you need to spend a lot of your money or benefits on keeping your home warm enough for you to be warm and healthy.

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This page gives you some ideas about how you can try to use less gas, electric and water at home.

A woman standing inside by a window with her hand on the handle.

Check your doors and windows close fully. Use a draught excluder if you need to.

A draught excluder in front of a window.

A draught excluder is a long piece of metal, wood or material which you put by the edge of a door or a window.

A house with a blue arrow pointing towards a window and a red arrow pointing away.

It stops the cold air coming in and the heat from your house going outside.

A pair of closed curtains.

When it starts to get dark, close your curtains or blinds to help to keep the heat in the room.

A finger on the buttons of a heating or hot water timer.

Use the timer for your heating and hot water so that they are only on when you need them.

A heating thermostat with a finger on one of the buttons.

Use the thermostat to choose how warm the rooms are when your heating is on.  

A hand on an electric kettle.

Only put as much water as you need in your kettle. 

A tap with blue water drops coming out of it and a tap with red water drops coming out of it.

Check that your taps are turned off fully and are not dripping.

A tub of ice cream in a freezer that has a lot of ice around the sides.

Defrost your freezer if it has a lot of ice around the shelves.

A lady wearing an apron and a cook's hat holding a saucepan and stirring with a spoon.

When you are cooking, use a saucepan which is the right size for what you are going to cook.

A cooker hob.

On the hob, use the right size ring for the saucepan.

A man putting clothes into a washing machine.

Try to wait until you have enough clothes to fill your washing machine before you wash them.

A lady looking at her watch.

It is quicker to wash clothes at 30 degrees than if you wash them at 40 degrees.

An electric socket with a red zig zag beside it.

This means you will use less electricity.

A tumble dryer.

Tumble dryers use a lot of electricity.

Pegs on a washing line.

Can you dry your clothes outside on a washing line?

Clothes on a clothes airer.

Can you dry your clothes on a clothes airer?

A lady with her hand on the handle of an open window.

If you use a clothes airer indoors, you might want to open the window so the damp air can go outside.

A full dishwasher.

Try to wait until the dishwasher is full before you put it on. 

A washing machine.

Some washing machines and dishwashers have a delay button.

A man putting clothes into a washing machine.

A delay button means you can put your clothes or dishes in the machine and set the programme,

A watch with an arrow going around the watch.

but the machine will not start until later.

A night sky with a moon and stars.

If your electricity is cheaper at night, you might want to use the delay button so that your machine works when the electricity is cheaper.

A man asleep in bed.

If the machine will be working at night, think about whether it will wake anyone up.

A shower with water coming out of it.

A shower uses less water than a bath.

A shower with water coming out of it and a stopwatch.

Try not to spend too much time in the shower. 

A man brushing his teeth.

Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.

A light bulb with yellow lines coming out of it.

Only turn on lights when you need them.

A light switch which is off.

Turn off the light if you are not using a room.

A tv with a blank screen.

Turn off things like your tv.  Do not leave them on standby.

A laptop and a mobile phone.

Most laptops and phones only need an hour or two to charge.

An electric socket which is switched on and has a red zig zag beside it.

If you charge them overnight, you will use more electricity than they need.

4 people talking in a group.

You might want to ask friends and family for their ideas about how you can try not to use too much gas, electric and water at home.

How to get help

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You can get help and advice on our  website  at 

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If you are worried about money, contact our  Learning Disability  Helpline: 

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Call us Monday to Friday on 0808 808 1111

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