Spring clean those energey bills

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AS spring approaches and the days are getting that bit longer we are beginning to think about that much needed spring clean….your home and your pocket can also benefit from an energy spring clean!

This is an ideal time of year to stop wasting energy and start saving on those bills.

Why not take a meter reading and make sure you have an accurate bill after heating and lighting your home over the winter months……now it’s time to start saving energy and money!

As the clocks go forward, don’t forget to adjust your timer so that the heating is coming on at the right times. With a bit of luck you may be able to use the heating less. It is also likely that your thermostat has been turned up that little bit higher over the winter, it should be set between 18 and 21°C, just turning it down by 1° can make a difference to your bill. Also make sure you get your boiler serviced as an inefficient boiler can cost you a lot of money.

While dusting those lampshades why not change to energy saving light bulbs – not only will they save you money but they last up to ten times longer. Make the most of the extra daylight and switch off lights when not needed.

While having that clear out, check if you have the recommended 270mm of loft insulation. If not, this is the time to get it topped up. There are grants available to home owners and private tenants for home insulation – your local Energy Efficiency Adviser can advise if you qualify for these.

Contact the Energy Efficiency Adviser for Ballymoney and Moyle Council on 028 2766 0257 or 028 2076 2225 for information about available grants.