Energy News

Keeping you up to date with the latest news from Cost Centre Services, ESOS and the energy industry

How to Save Water at Home

  1. While you brush your teeth, make sure the tap is off unless you are rinsing your brush. This saves 6 litres of water per minute.

  2. Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern. You can get these from your water provider and they will reduce the volume of water used to flush.

  3. Don’t spend hours standing in the shower! A shower can use between 6 and 45 litres of water per minute so try to keep time to a minimum.

  4. Make sure you always fill your washing machine – small washes waste water and you’ll be doing more washes in between.

  5. Tired of your drippy tap? A dripping tap wastes approximately 15 litres of water a day! So get it fixed.

  6. Installing a water butt to your drainpipe will allow you to collect rain water – you can use it to clean your car and water your plants.

  7. Instead of using a hose to water your plants, which uses a staggering 1000 litres of water an hour, use a watering can. You can also water your plants early in the morning and late in the evening to prevent evaporation.

  8. Buy water-efficient goods for your household. You can buy showerheads, toilets, taps, washing machine and dishwashers that all work to save water.

REVEALED: Tips to save money on your energy bill... you didn’t know about!

There are some pretty useful tips that will help you save a surprisingly large amount of money on your energy bill:


  • Install Insulation in the loft, this will help prevent heat escaping up through the top of your property (ideally 100% natural sheep wool)

  • Shower – don’t bath! Baths tend to use a huge amount of hot water compared to a shower

  • Insulate your hot water cylinder. If you have a hot water tank in your house, it is worth a trip down to the local DIY store to pick up a jacket to help limit heat loss.

  • Open windows instead of using the extractor fan – no electricity used, no cost!

  • Take advantage of solar gain in the winter to keep your house warm (keep curtains open in daytime – maximise direct light entering the house)

  • Use microwaves to reheat food as opposed to the oven – they heat up the food far quicker so are therefore more efficient.

  • If you do use a dryer – clean the lint filter after every couple of uses – this will help it run more efficiently helping to save electricity

  • Don’t leave your computer in standby – turn it off at the end of each day

  • Unplug your phone from the charger (and the charger from the wall) when your phone is fully charged

  • If you have tile floors that get cold in the winter, cover the floor with a rug so your toes are kept nice and toasty warm!

  • Stop washing up! Make sure you use the dishwasher - these use far less water than washing by hand.

  • Avoid opening the fridge or freezer to browse – every time you do, the appliance will need to fire up to cool down the air again

  • Fall in love! Move in with your partner – save on heating and electricity!

  • Dim your smart phone, it will use less energy so you won’t need to charge it so frequently (especially important if you have an iphone!)

Cost Centre Services can help you save a vast amount of money on your energy and water bills. Feel free to give us a call: 0345 450 1446.

How to Save Energy at Work

How to Save Energy at Work

 

  • Ensure that employees/colleagues are only using lights when absolutely necessary. For example, only use lighting early in the mornings and late in the evenings.

 

  • Use time switches and daylight sensors which help reduce energy usage and save money by switch off automatically at certain times.

 

  • Use energy efficient lightbulbs. For instance, LED light bulbs and compact fluorescent products use around 80% less energy than standards light bulbs.

 

  • Your IT equipment still uses energy even in standby mode. Make sure staff switch off all equipment before leaving or if it’s not being used.

 

  • Close window blinds/curtains in the early evening or late afternoon to prevent night time heat loss.

 

  • Fit automatic closures on external doors like fire doors to ensure none are left open resulting in heat unnecessary heat loss.

 

  • Use energy saving features on items like monitors and printers to use less energy and save more money in the workplace. 

How to Save Energy at Home

KEEP WARM WITH CLOTHING
Again, this seems obvious. Wear warm clothing and snuggle up in blankets; you’ll be less tempted to stick the heating on in the first place!

STOCK UP
When cooking, it would be wise to cook multiple meals at once to get the most out of heating up your oven! As a student, having your meals ready-made will save you a lot of time in the future!

TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT
This one might seem obvious, but turning down your thermostat by just one degree could save you as much as £60 a year! It’s also cheaper to have your heating running on low continuously rather than turning it on and off.

USE THE SMALL RING
You’re probably only heating a small meal but you’re using a large pan on a large ring! Just use a small pan on a small ring as it saves energy and your meal will heat quicker!

SHOWER
Showering uses much less water than having a bath (as long as you’re not standing under the stream for hours on end). Also, turning down the pressure of your shower saves even more water and money.

USE YOUR OVEN AS HEATING
This is a good one! Leave your oven door open after cooking and allow the escaping heat to help heat your home! No energy will be going to waste.

BE EFFICIENT WITH WASHING
Most of your washing machine’s energy is spent on heating the water itself – washing your clothes at 30-40 degrees will save you energy and won’t damage your clothes!

APPLY FOR A LOFT INSULATION GRANT
25% of the heat in your home rises and gets lost in your loft space. If you get loft insulation, you could save up to 20% on your fuel bills – that’s a saving of roughly £130 a year! Whoa! So if you rent a house, give your landlord or agents a call to see if you’re eligible.

HANG UP YOUR LAUNDRY
Air-dry your laundry instead of putting it inside a tumble dryer; they are incredibly expensive to run! Plus there isn’t anything nicer than fresh, air-dried clothes.

IRONING
Only iron what you deem completely necessary - e.g. shirts. Things like socks, pants, and leggings go completely unnoticed without ironing and it saves energy, money, and time!