Phil Spencer and Npower – tips for energy efficiency

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The average household could save up to £325 a year by being more energy efficient around the home. It’s the little things that can add up to the big savings.


The average household could save up to £325 a year by being more energy efficient around the home. It’s the little things that can add up to the big savings.

Here are Phil Spencer’s top tips that can take place throughout the house:

  • When using a dishwasher, only use the high temperature wash programs for those really dirty dishes
  • If you have a hot water tank, make sure it is lagged with an 80mm insulating jacket and only use the immersion heater when needed
  • Setting up your hot water cylinder thermostat to 60*C/140*F will make sure you don’t overheat your water unnecessarily
  • Save energy by washing your clothes at 30°C and make sure you always have a full load, or use a reduced load programme for smaller washes.
  • By turning your heating down 1˚C you can save money and shouldn’t notice a difference in temperature
  • Service your boiler every year to keep it running efficiently
  • Fit thermostatic controls on your boiler, hot water tank and radiator valves (TRV’s) to have more control over the temperature in your house
  • If your central heating system also heats your hot water, insulate the pipes between the boiler and tank

Key takeouts:

  • Replace your boiler if it’s more than 15 years old
  • When buying or replacing appliances look for the energy efficient label and go A-rated for the biggest savings
  • Keep the heat in – check that any cavity walls are insulated and that you have the recommended 270mm of loft insulation
  • Be aware of how often and where you use potentially expensive electric heaters

To find out how npower can support you with improving the energy efficiency of your home call: 0800 072 1740 (free from most landlines) or 0300 100 8122 (included in any ‘inclusive minutes’ from mobiles) or visit improvements

*All energy-saving facts and figures are from the Energy Saving Trust, 2013, and are based on a typical 3 bedroom semi-detached house paying a gas price of 4.64p/kWh and an electricity price of 15.32p/kWh. Estimated £310 figure is based on replacing a G-rated boiler with a new A-rated condensing boiler.

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Content credited to:  Npower March 2014

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Nicola Buskell

Niki Buskell has written for the Daily Mail community site Local People. She writes for other websites with a natural interest in technology, conservation and well being.

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