Energy and cost saving tips

Horizon would like to work with our residents to help make the world a better place for future generations.

This article contains a number of suggestions that could both save you money and collectively make a very positive impact on the planet

Share these tips because together we can make a difference!


  • Turning the thermostat on your central heating system down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%
  • Washing clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C uses around 40%lessenergy
  • Unplugging your PC overnight could save you as much as £35 per year
  • One energy saving light bulb can save you up to £9 per year – that adds up to more than £100 over the course of the bulb’s lifetime
  • By boiling only as much water as you need, you could save enough energy in a week to run a TV for 26hours
  • The average household could save up to £300 a year on energy bills and two tonnes of carbon dioxide by being more energy efficient
  • Change your electricity to a green supplier such as Good Energy and get 100% of your electric from renewable sources;

Energy Saving tips

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder thermostat is not set higher than 60°C/140°F
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily
  • Dry washing on a clothes line outside whenever possible
  • Put the lid on a pan to reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to boil.
  • Walk, cycle or take public transport wherever possible
  • Share car journeys where possible; or or join a car club


Did you know?

  • Simply turning the tap off whilst you clean your teeth could save as much as nine litres of water a minute
  • Don’t overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea. Only fill and boil what you need
  • Taking a shower rather than a bath could save you up to 400 litres of water a week
  • Fix dripping taps – a dripping tap can waste 90 litres of water a week
  • Don’t let the cold water that comes through before a tap runs hot go down the drain – use it for watering plants or put it into a water butt in the garden
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge to prevent wasting water every time you wait for the tap to run cold
  • Only use the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load
  • Consider buying a water butt to collect rain water for the garden – using rain water not only saves mains water but also the energy used to treat it
  • Putting a water-saving device, or simply a plastic coke bottle full of water, in your toilet cistern could save three litres of water every time you flush


Did You Know?

  • On average, every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will power a colour TV for 15 minutes or a computer for 20 minutes
  • 100,000 tonnes of plastic bags are thrown away in the UK every year – that is the weight of 70,000 cars. Carrier bags dumped in landfill take 100 years to decompose
  • If you recycle your paper, in just seven days it could come back as your newspaper
  • 50% of food purchased in the UK goes to waste
  • The UK produces enough waste every two hours to fill the Albert Hall
  • The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste every year
  • Glass bottles can be recycled into house insulation. Plastic bottles can be recycled into fleece jackets

Saving tips

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Register with the Mailing Preference Scheme to avoid receiving junk mail;
  • Use shredded wastepaper as a substitute for animal bedding or cat litter
  • Donate unwanted items to charity shops or give them away through
  • Compost kitchen and garden waste
  • Recycle as much household waste as possible – contact your local council to find out about recycling facilities and services in your area
  • Choose to reuse – take shopping bags with you and if you cannot avoid an occasional plastic bag then re-use it
  • Write a shopping list to help you only buy what you need to avoid throwing away excess food, paint etc

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