Use energy more efficiently:
Replacing a 15-year old boiler with a new energy-efficient condensing model can save the average household 30-40% of its fuel bills, or up to £235 a year. Heating and hot water make up over 60% of a home’s energy bills (on average). Upgrading your boiler will save you money and won’t affect the historic character of your home. The efficiency of individual boilers can be checked on SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK, www.sedbuk.com)
Line the inside of your external wall with reflective panels where radiators are located– or even just tin foil.
Switch off all electrical appliances at the socket instead of using the ‘standby’ function. It saves in average £33 per year on energy bills and 130 kg CO2. Using multi plugs and adapters can make this even easier. Always remember to switch off mobile phones and laptops when you are not using them. Replace appliances with A or A* rated ones.
Energy efficient light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than a normal bulb. The may appear more expensive when purchasing, but last 10 times longer and can save £40 during their lifetime. Energy efficient lighting comes in a surprisingly wide range of shapes and styles.
LED Lights are more expensive, but may last even longer than energy efficient bulbs, typically up to 20 years.
Always allow natural daylight into the rooms by keeping the windows clean and unobstructed. Sunlight can also contribute to heating your home, particularly in stone buildings such as those in the New Town. The sun warms up the fabric during the day and this heat is later released during the evening.