Energy Efficiency

The information in this section is useful for Tenants as well as Landlords.  We would like to tell you more about how to become more energy efficient by reducing the usage of particular resources in the home and where you could save more money on bills by simply changing life style habits. 

Information in this section has been sourced from Energy Saving Trust. For more details you can visit their website and contact them directly  Let My Roof is grateful to Energy Saving Trust for allowing us to share this knowledge and information with its visitors and clients.

Only the most energy-efficient products carry the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label, making it quick and easy for you to find products that will cost you less to run, contribute to savings on your energy bill and help you do your bit for the environment. 

Heating and Hot Water

The latest on energy-efficient boilers to save you energy and money, and the right controls to use as little energy as possible, whatever the age of your boiler. No boiler? Find out about controls for electric systems too. Don't forget that before changing your heating system, it's worth insulating your home.

Understanding your system
If you're not sure what kind of heating or hot water system you have, or you want to understand how everything works, find out here.

Replacing your boiler

Around 60% of what you spend in a year on energy bills goes on your boiler - an efficient boiler makes a big difference. Find out about different types of condensing boiler to suit your needs.

Efficient water heating
Our tips for saving money on water heating, whether you have a boiler or an electric system

Thermostats and controls

The right heating controls for your boiler and radiators let you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting fuel or heat - so you spend less on heating bills.

Improving electric systems

How to get the most out of your electric storage heaters - and what your options are for improving them.

Thermostats and controls for electric systems
If you have electric storage heating and immersion water heaters rather than a boiler, efficient thermostats and controls can still reduce the energy you use and save money.

Insulating your tank and pipes
Lagging water tanks and pipes reduces the amount of heat that escapes, so you spend less money heating water up, and hot water stays hotter for longer.

Boiler Scrappage Scheme

The Boiler Scrappage Scheme has finished in England and Wales, but continues in Scotland.



Saving energy from lighting
Whether you rent or own, and whatever kind of home you have, cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money in the home.

Lighting products
Go to this section for information about the wide range of Energy Saving Trust Recommended CFL, LED and halogen lamps and luminaires available, plus answers to your lighting FAQ

Lighting output and colour
Does it mean what it says on the box? We explain the terminology for lighting

Energy-saving light bulbs take over
Most of the 600 million light bulbs in UK homes are still inefficient tungsten filament bulbs. By phasing out these inefficient bulbs, we could make a real difference to our national energy consumption. Find out more about what's happening and why it matters.

Lighting FAQ
EST will answer some common queries - and dispel some popular myths - about energy-saving light bulbs.

Products for your Home

One third of your household's energy bills, and well over a quarter of your household's carbon dioxide emissions, comes from electrical appliances. Find out about the efficiency of the appliances you use and how you could use them more efficiently.

Entertainment equipment and kitchen appliances are the most power-hungry appliances, with computer equipment taking up an increasingly larger amount of an average household's electricity consumption. Fortunately there are loads of simple ways to save energy in these areas...

Appliances - saving energy
Standby: the energy that no-one uses; why the most efficient products come in small packages; and what to do with your old appliances

Computing equipment
Computing products contribute around 13% of the average electricity bill so it's vital to choose energy-efficient models. PCs with the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label use less energy in 'sleep' and 'standby' as well as when they're running...

Home entertainment and electronics products
DAB digital radios, digital televisions and recorders, simple set-top boxes, timers, and energy saving plugs and sockets: they're always on, so they're always using energy. Choosing the most efficient television, set-top box or DAB digital radio helps to keep your bills down: look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label.

Kitchen appliances

Tips for saving energy and links to find Energy Saving Trust Recommended models for cookers, ovens and hobs; dishwashers; fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers; kettles; tumble dryers; and washing machines.



Roofs, Floors Walls and Windows

The better insulated your home is, the less money you'll spend heating it. Find out more about different types of insulation, including draught-proofing, double glazing, and insulation for lofts and walls.

Roof and loft insulation
Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will pay for itself over and over again in that time - in an uninsulated home a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof. Save that waste and reduce your heating bills now!

Wall insulation
Not sure what kind of walls you have or the best way to insulate them? Here's how to work it out.

Cavity wall insulation
Cavity wall insulation is so cost effective that it will pay for itself over and over again. A third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home goes through the walls - insulating your cavity walls can save you up to £135 a year on your fuel bills.

Solid wall insulation
Insulating your solid walls could cut your heating costs considerably, because they let through up to twice as much heat as cavity walls. They can be insulated from the inside or the outside

Floor insulation
Insulating under the floorboards on your ground floor will save you around £60 a year, and you can seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards to reduce draughts too.

Draught-proofing is often overlooked - but it's one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy (and money!) in any type of building.


Energy-efficient glazing - double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing - keeps your home warmer and quieter as well as reducing your energy bills.


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