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 Wednesday, 19 June 2019
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Go Green (and Save Money)

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Whether you want to Go Green because you want to be more environmentally friendly or whether you just  want to save money, there are many ways that you can be more energy efficient at very low or no cost. Follow the tips below and see how much you could save.

  • Check that your heating thermostat is not set too high (18°C to 21°C is recommended).
  • Turn the thermostat down by 1°C. This can reduce your heating bill by 10%.
  • Make sure your hot water is not too hot (60°C is suggested).
  • Use the thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) to ensure that different rooms are set to the right temperature, rather than having them all set to maximum.
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the heating is on (but open trickle vents on windows to prevent condensation and mould).
  • Close curtains and blinds at dusk, and make sure they do not hang in front of radiators.
  • Fit low energy light bulbs (we sometimes have some free in our reception or at tenants’ meetings).
  • Turn off your lights and domestic appliances when they are not needed.
  • Do not leave TVs and videos on stand-by.
  • Do not overfill kettles and saucepans, and always cook with lids saucepan lids on.
  • Buy A-rated kitchen appliances.

Download the instructions for your home’s heating programmer to ensure you are using it properly.

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Our Money Matters Team can also offer you a wide range of support which will allow you to make informed choices about income and wellbeing related issues including reducing fuel costs and improving energy efficiency. If you need help you can call us on 0300 5000 600 or email


Below are links to websites which will help you to become more environmentally aware. They are by no means exhaustive, but you should be able to find something to get you started.

At home

These websites look at ways to reduce your gas, water and electric usage, and show you how to switch suppliers to ensure you’re getting the best tariff. Why not also calculate the amount of carbon you use in your everyday life and see if you can set a target to reduce this?


These websites will be of interest if you are looking for greener travelling options, or if want to reduce the amount of household waste you and your family produce.


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