Top tips for saving on your energy bills - by BEAT

  1. Regularly review your gas and electricity tariffs.
  2. If you are a registered charity, check the VAT rate you are paying on gas and electricity (it should usually be 5% not 20%).
  3. Install a 7-day timer to control your heating and set in line with occupancy of the building.
  4. Turn your thermostat down by 1°C – this can save up to 8% of your heating costs.
  5. Prevent draughts by installing brush strips and seals on all external doors and covering letterboxes and keyholes.
  6. Install lagging on all hot water pipes – easy and cheap to do.
  7. Insulate your loft to a depth of at least 270mm – a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof and this will pay back in less than 5 years.
  8. Fit secondary glazing, blinds or curtains at single-glazed windows – all reduce heat loss.
  9. Label banks of light switches so users can easily just turn on the lights they need.
  10. Replace 50w halogen bulbs with 6w LED bulbs – the latter use a fraction of the energy and last a lot longer.

This information was written by Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT) for the Community Cascade project for community groups in West Yorkshire (funded by the Big Lottery Fund in 2012). 

The Community Cascade booklet also includes top tips for publicity and inclusion.

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