Help and advice to save on energy bills this winter

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With winter well and truly taking hold, now is a good time to look at ways in which you can help reduce your energy costs.

Fuel bills can mount up when it gets cold and with the cost of living affecting us all, making just small changes can really help drive down those bills.

West Lindsey District Council recently launched its Small Steps, Big Impact, campaign to highlight how little changes in our everyday lives can not only help the environment, but also help people cut energy and other utility bills.

Using water less can help with metered properties, and measures such as filling your kettle up for just the cups that are needed, can cut costs. Unplugging electrical devices when not in use, particularly devices such as the TV when you’re not watching it, can all help make bigger savings in the long-term. 

Cllr Stephen Bunney, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change member working group, said it was all about manageable changes that we can all look at making.

“The key message really is that we can all make these small changes in our lives to not only protect the climate, but also help save money.

“Energy and utility bills at this time of year can mount up, so it’s really worth looking at what we can all do to make some quick savings.”

The council is also highlighting the Government’s ‘It All Adds Up’ energy saving campaign that is designed to help UK households cut their bills this winter.

The campaign features tips on simple, low or no-cost actions that households can take to immediately cut energy use and save money while ensuring people are able to stay safe and warm this winter

Advice is also available on longer-term measures to improve the energy efficiency of homes that can bring down bills not just this winter but in years to come

Tips include: 

  • Reduce your boiler flow temperature and save up to £70 per year 
  • Bleed your radiators to reduce the costs of your energy bills (bleeding is done to get rid of air pockets that build up in radiators and stop hot water circulating efficiently around central heating systems)
  • Get your boiler serviced to help save you money on future costly repairs 

Follow the helpful tips on easy, effective ways to conserve energy in your household. These small easy actions could add up to big savings on your energy bills: 

  • Heat the rooms you’re in and turn down the radiators in unused rooms and you could save up to £50 per year 
  • Install an energy efficient showerhead and save up to £40 per year 
  • Reduce your washing machine temperature and save up to £20 annually

Find out more here on the Help For Households advice page 

West Lindsey District Council has itself been taking steps as part of its ongoing commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions. 

In the last decade, West Lindsey District Council has cut carbon emissions by 30%, with an 11% drop in 2022/23 alone. The strategy has involved solar power and smart energy - efficiency in council buildings, and renewable electricity wherever possible.

The payoff is huge: a £20,000 annual income from a government tariff plus lower energy costs. The new Council Operations depot has been designed to be a green hub, featuring EV charging and LED lighting. This is saving money for taxpayers as well as protecting our planet.

If you are a business or a resident in the district, we would like to hear from you. Let us know how you’re helping to protect the environment – email your tips, ideas and photos, with ‘Small Steps, Big Impact in the subject field, to communications.team@westlindsey.gov.uk

Alternatively you can tag us in your photos on our social media channels – Twitter -@WestLindseyDC;  Facebook – West Lindsey District Council; Instagram - @westlindseydc

You can find out more about the work West Lindsey District Council is doing to reduce its carbon footprint here on our website: Environment, Climate, Change and Environment

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit our council news pages

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