Energy and damp advice

Energy prices are increasing all the time and there doesn’t seem to be much we can do. There is now even more reason to reduce the amount of gas and electricity we use. In fact making just a few small changes in your home could cut your bills by up to £200 a year .

Heating Tips

  • Remember to give radiators some space. Don’t cover them with curtains or furniture.  
  • Set the temperature between 18oC – 21oC and try turning your temperature down by just 1oC, as it could save you up to 10% a year on your heating bill.
  • When it starts getting dark close curtains to keep the heat in.
  • If possible, have a shower rather than a bath as the shower uses 3 times less hot water which will decrease your heating bill.
  • Contrary to popular belief it is much more energy efficient to switch the heating on when you need it and off when you don’t rather than having it on low all the time. So remember to switch it off even if you are going out for a few hours.

Lighting Tips 

  • Use energy saving light bulbs. They use up to 80% less electricity and last about 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Remember to turn off lights when you leave a room. 15% of your electricity bill comes from lighting, you could save £20 a year.
  • If you leave a light on overnight in your child’s room or on a landing, use a low energy nightlight. They are cheap to buy and cost very little to run. 

Water Tips 

  • Try to use the washing machine and the dishwasher only when you have a full load.
  • Taking a shower rather than a bath could save you up to 400 litres of water.
  • Depending on your water usage, using a prepayment meter could be cheaper. Contact Veolia water for more information. 
  • Did you know you might be eligible for the LIFT scheme?

For more great tips you can also download our leaflet which gives you all the information and much more   Every Penny Counts Leaflet    

What do we mean by Damp ?                                                              

Damp can be caused by condensation which can cause black mould on walls, furniture, clothes and curtains. Every home gets condensation at some time - usually when lots of moisture and steam are being produced. Cooking, washing, and even breathing are just a few examples that can cause moisture, which is released into the air.

It is quite normal to find your bedroom windows misted up in the morning after a cold night, which is to be expected and is not indicative of a serious condensation problem.

Prevention Tips

  • Dry washing outside if possible, if not dry in the bathroom, open the window and close the door. Do not dry on radiators as this will only make your boiler work extra hard, cost you more and cause condensation.
  • Ventilate rooms to decrease moisture in the air.
  • Wipe down windows with a dry cloth if there is condensation present to prevent mould build up.
  • Adequate heating will also prevent condensation from forming on surfaces. Paired with good ventilation this is the most effective way to stop condensation and mould growth.
  • Always open windows in kitchens and bathrooms after or during use. If you have an extractor fan or cooker hood that will be better as there will be no cold wind. If your extractor fan is faulty please contact us.
  • When filling your bath, run the cold water first and then add the hot water. This reduces steam by 90%.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated for example loft and cavity wall insulation. Call or email us to find out what help or advice we can provide.
  • Try not to overfill cupboards or wardrobes next to external walls and don’t push furniture right up against the wall.

For more information, click below 

Damp and Condensation leaflet  

Alternatively, email CustomerRelationsTeam@wcht.org.uk