Newark and Sherwood Homes Limited
Kelham Hall, Kelham
Newark On Trent,
Notts, NG23 5QX
Tel: 0845 258 5550

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Energy Saving Tips

A quick glance through this list will show you how easy it is to make real savings on your fuel bills by following a few simple tips. 


  • Turning your central heating thermostat down by just 1oC can cut up to 10% off your fuel bill.

Hot water

  • Do always remember to put the plug in a basin or sink.  Leaving hot water taps running without the plug in is both wasteful and expensive. You really are throwing money down the drain.
  • Don't have your water to a scalding temperature, setting the Hot water cylinder thermostat to a level of 60oC / 140oF is quite adequate for bathing and washing and can make a saving of up to £10 per year on your fuel bills.


  • Do close your curtains at dusk to keep heat from being lost through the windows.  Tuck curtains behind radiators to keep heat in the room.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room  and adjust your curtains or blinds to let in as much light as possible during the day. 
  • Fit 4 low energy light bulbs, within fitments that are most frequently used especially external lights

Fridges and Freezers

  • Fridges: Don't leave the door open for longer than necessary, cold air escapes. Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge by allowing it to cool down first. Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply. If it tends to frost up quickly, check the door seal. And if you have your fridge next to a cooker or boiler, leave a good gap between them.
  • If you fridge is old and is broken i.e. thermostat, door cracked, door seals damaged, and you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit you may be eligible for a grant for a new ‘A’ rated fridge/fridge-freezer that could save you up to £46 per year on your electric bill.


  • Do choose the right size pan for the food and cooker, keep lids on when cooking and use only the amount of water that is needed.  The base should just cover an electric cooker ring.  With gas, adjust the flame to suit the size of the pan.


  • Don’t fill the kettle for just one drink, put in only the water you need -  but be sure to cover the elements of an electric kettle. 
  • Don't forget to wait, if you can, until you have a full load before using your washing machine.  If this isn't possible, use the half-load or economy programme if your machine has one. Always use the low temperature programme bearing in mind that modern washing powders will be just as effective at lower temperatures. Wring out or spin-drying really wet clothes before putting them into a tumble dryer will save you money, and they dry faster.
  • Dishwashers: Try and use the low temperature programme, and ensure you wash a full load.


Electrical Equipment

  • Televisions, videos, stereos, computers, and cordless phones: To cut down on wasted energy, avoid leaving appliances on standby and remember not to leave them on charge unnecessarily. But please check the user manual first.


For details of any energy saving grants you may be entitled to and advice on more energy saving tips please contact the Councils Energy Agency for details on 01636 655596 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see the website

Or check out the Energy Saving Trust’s site at





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