Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
As we approach the winter months, we would like to remind you of some simple steps you can take to use energy efficiently to ensure that not only you keep within the utility allowance, but also to do your bit to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint which means benefits for the planet too.
You must be aware of your energy use in your day-to-day activities within your property, by ensuring you act sensibly, respect the property and your landlord. Your usage is not limitless, you need to be conscious of this at all times. As a result, you should be able to avoid going above the utility allowance. Make sure to have a conversation in your property about energy use with all your co-tenants too. Significant change, and reduction of carbon footprint in a household, can have a bigger impact and will be far easier to achieve if everyone is on the same page and works together. To view your maximum allowance for utilities click here.
Please have a read of our advice below to help you:
- Do not leave the heating on for extended periods of time. One of the biggest savings in energy can be made by only having the heating on when you need it. Using a timer is best, because your thermostat is designed to turn your heating system on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set it – this should not be above 21 degrees in the morning or when you are home in the evening and turned down or off overnight or when you are not at the property. If you’re unsure how to use your heating or need help setting up the timer function, please send us a photo of your boiler and thermostat control so we can get instructions to you
- Do not regulate the heating by opening a window, instead you must turn the thermostat down or turn the heating off. Lots of radiators come with a TRV control which you can adjust in each room too
- Don’t dry clothes on radiators – not only can be lead to issues with condensation and damp, but you also waste a lot of energy through the process and your house wont heat up effectively. It’s better to dry clothes naturally on airer. They will dry quicker than you think.
- If you are all away for long periods of time turn the heating down to 10 degrees. This will be good for your usage to counter act high usage periods.
- Where you have one, make sure you entirely fill your dishwasher before using it. Also remember to only use the washing machine when you have a full load
- Only fill the kettle to boil as much water as you need and ensure other cooking facilities are not left on when not in use
- Ensure lights are not left on when not in use
- Even when electronic devices are plugged in and not in use, they still use energy. Make sure to unplug your devices and chargers from the sockets to help reduce unnecessary power usage when not in use
- Avoid leaving TV’s and other devices on standby or on if you are not in the property
- Report any leaking fixtures or fittings which need repairing through the property portal, such as water constantly running in the toilet
- Ensure additional appliances such as electric heaters, tumble dryers, air conditioning units, de-humidifiers and additional fridge/freezers are not being used in the property unless authorised or supplied by the landlord
Within your tenancy agreement it states that the landlord shall pay all reasonable gas, water and electrical charges for appliances supplied within a maximum allowance. If the allowance is exceeded your landlord could choose to pass on the additional charges to you. Should a charge be enforced you would be provided with evidence in the form of the utility bills to cover the tenancy period.
If you would like help with tracking your usage during the tenancy, please let us know and we can help you with this. If you have any questions at all or need further guidance on how to operate your heating controls or other appliances, please feel free to contact our office and we will do everything you can to help you.