23 WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME ENERGY‐SAVING ADVICE Your new home is built to the very latest standards. With the high‐performance windows, doors, insulation, plus the energy‐efficient boilers, it all adds up. Start saving money from day one. It is reported that new‐build homeowners save on average £629 a year compared to those who live in older homes*. Plus, being more energy‐efficient helps you reduce emissions and protect our planet. There are lots of ways you can make little changes to reduce the amount of energy you use. TIP: Turning a heating thermostat down by just 1 degree can save you around £60 a year. Source: The Energy saving Trust Heating your home • Set timer on your programmable thermostats to control when your heating is on and off. Use the thermostatic radiator valves to control the heat in individual rooms. • Don’t block radiators with furniture such as sofas and draw your curtains at night to retain heat. • Make sure your boiler is serviced every year to keep it running as efficiently as possible. Saving electricity • One of the simplest ways is to turn off household appliances when not in use – they still use energy even in standby mode. • Use energy‐efficient light bulbs throughout the home. • When buying new electrical goods try and choose A‐rated models. And keep them in good working order, such as defrosting your freezer regularly and checking the door seals. • Washing machines wash surprisingly well on a lower temperature setting and lower temperatures use less energy. Try to wash full loads whenever possible. • Set energy budgets on your electric and gas smart meter as a handy prompt to keep track of your energy usage and as a reminder to switch off appliances when you can. *Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) report ‐ ‘You’ve got the power’.
keepmoat.com 24 Saving water According to the Energy Saving Trust, 6% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from our water use. So, saving where you can really adds up. • Shower instead of taking a bath ‐ a shower uses only around 40% of the water needed for a bath. • Don’t leave the tap running ‐ turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and washing. A running tap uses over 6 litres of water per minute. • Make sure taps are properly turned off and if a tap starts dripping change washers promptly ‐ a leaking tap can waste over 5000 litres of water a year. Your shower and bath thermostatic mixing valves have been set to a maximum temperature for both energy efficiency and to comply with the latest building regulations. TIP: A fully loaded dishwasher uses less energy and water than washing by hand.
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