• #reduce2save with Colne

    Save money by green means!

    Energy bills are the top financial concern for households.

    Colne is launching a campaign to highlight the positive, practical actions that will help you take control of bills and save energy.

    It is called #Reduce2save and launches during Big Energy Savings Week beginning October 26.

    Why #reduce2save?

    The #reduce2save campaign has been devised in collaboration with residents.

    It aims to encourage customers to save money and save the planet by looking at how they could things differently in their homes.

    This could include:

    • Recycling
    • Reducing energy bills
    • Decreasing food waste
    • Composting

    How can you get involved?

    • Ask to find out more from your Neighbourhood Officer – look out for them wearing the green reduce2save T-shirts
    • Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter #reduce2save
    • Request a #reduce2save pack from your Neighbourhood Officer or by emailing info@colnehousing.co.uk or calling 01206 244720.
    • Share your cost saving recipies for food leftovers
    • Tell us your top tips
    • Try some of our top energy saving ideas which are listed below.

    What can Colne do for you and your home?

    We can help residents save money on their bills:

    • By letting you know about energy saving tips
    • Distributing free energy saving packs for your home containing a range of environmentally friendly and cost savings items
    • Signposting to energy saving information
    • Come and talk to you about your ideas and how reduce2save could help your home

    30 #reduce2save tips

    1. Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and you could save approx. £30 a year in energy bills.

    2. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and you could save around £7 a year.

    3. Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and you could save approx. £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills.

    4. You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.

    5. If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower), fit a water efficient shower head. This will reduce your hot water usage while retaining the sensation of a powerful shower.

    6. Spending one minute less in the shower each day will save £10 off your energy bills each year, per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would lead to a total saving of £100 a year.

    7. Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney.  DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save up to £25 to £35 a year on energy bills

    8. Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save between £85 and £90 a year.

    9. Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. Together with their accompanying in-home displays, smart meters will help you keep track of the energy you use in your home, and will cut out the need for meter readings.  The UK Government plans for every home and business in the UK to have a smart meter for electricity and gas by the end of 2020.

    10.  You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). If the average household replaced all of their remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs, and all of their halogens with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills.

    11. Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £15 on your annual energy bills. 

    12. Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel. 

    13. Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM. 

    14. Having roof racks/boxes attached to your car when they’re not being used will increase drag and increase your fuel costs. 

    15. Using public transport as an alternative to driving has many advantages, including the fact you don’t have to find a parking spot, you can get around congested town centres more easily, and it is often cheaper than taking the car.

    16. Walking and cycling are of course both free methods of transport and keep you healthier too. They offer a great way of getting around congested areas and parking isn’t normally a problem.

    17. You may want to consider joining a car club or sharing lifts to split fuel costs.

    18. When boiling vegetables use just enough water to keep them covered. 

    19. Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally takes less time too.

    20. Make sure taps are fully turned off after use. This will help save both water and gas.

    21. Don't keep the oven door open for too long when it is in use.

    22.  If you do not use the clock on your microwave turn the appliance off when not in use.

    23. Putting hot food the fridge is a big no-no. It wastes energy and is bad for your fridge. So just let it cool naturally first.

    24. Replacing an inefficient fridge-freezer with an A+ or A++ rated model can save up to £22 a year.

    25. Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever possible.

    26. As tempting as it is, don't dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to. 

    27. Use Eco Balls in the tumble dryer. They make gaps in the washing to allow the heat to move more freely so clothes will dry quicker. 

    28. Use thermal or heavy curtains during the winter and close them at dusk. This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.

    29. Ensure all electrical appliances are turned off at the plug when not in use. Some items can still use energy when plugged even if the appliance has been turned off.

    30. Keep your radiators clear. For example, do not put a large sofa in front of the radiator as it will absorb a lot of the heat. 

    Useful websites

    1. http://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving/energy-saving-tips.html
    Site enables the user to compare different ways to save energy and money – comparison tool

    2. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/
    Advice on helping to save energy in homes and travel. Tools & calculators available.

    3. http://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/free-energy-saving-tips/
    Energy saving tips. Comparison tool for reducing bills.

    4. http://www.energysavingadvice.co.uk/
    Energy saving advice.

    5. https://www.youtube.com/user/theenergysavingtrust
    YouTube channel for the Energy Savings Trust.

    6. https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/save-energy-save-money
    Help on cutting costs.

    7. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/home-energy-check
    Free home energy check from the Energy Savings Trust.

    8. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/you-switch-gas-electricity
    Information on cheap gas and electricity.

    9. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/money-management/energy-efficiency/save-money-on-your-energy-bills/
    Info regarding saving money on energy bills from AgeUK

    10. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/grants-and-benefits-to-help-you-pay-your-energy-bills/
    Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills

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