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There are many simple but often overlooked things you can do to reduce your electricity consumption and keep costs down.

Lighting – Change your light bulbs from traditional incandescent bulbs to energy saving CFL bulbs. Typically CFL bulbs use 80% less energy and last 15 times longer.

Turn off Appliances – A recent survey has concluded that leaving appliances like computers, TV’s, satellite boxes, audio equipment on standby can cost up to €100 a year. Most of the above appliances use 20% of their full energy requirements in standby mode. Turning off this equipment is a quick and easy way to save money.

Fit a Lagging Jacket To Hot Water Cylinder - Fitting a lagging jacket can cut heat loss by up to 75% and pay for itself within a few months.

Fit a Timer to Your Hot Water Immersion - A simple but cost effective way to save money.

Use a full load when using washing machine or tumble dryer – This not only saves money but also time loading and unloading multiple washes.

Buy and use ‘A’ rated appliances where possible – All household appliances (white goods) now have an energy rating label. The energy efficiency of the appliance is rated from A to G. An ‘A’ rating is the most energy efficient.

Turn Down Your Thermostat – Turning down your heating thermostat by one degree, could save up to €150 a year in bills.

For more advice on energy efficiency in the home or if you want to install energy saving lights and equipment in your home or business, please contact us for more information.