The electrical supply enters your home through the electricity meter located in the external meter box. The meter and the cable leading to it belong to the electricity company and should not be tampered with in any way. The unit contains the main on/ off switches and a number of MCB (milliamp circuit breaker) trip switches which protect individual circuits. They are like small fuses that do not need rewiring; MCBs automatically switch off the electricity supply, should there be a fault, for example due to loose wiring or faulty appliances being connected to it. Written alongside each MCB is a description of the circuit it protects – power, lighting, water heater etc. MCB’s have different current ratings suitable for their type of circuit; a cooker circuit will require 30 amps, but lighting only 5 amps, etc.
If a circuit fails, you should disconnect (rather than switch off) any appliance that you think may have caused the problem. It will be obvious which circuit has been affected by checking the consumer unit, where the switch on the relevant MCB will be in the ‘off’ position. Switching the MCB back on should restore the circuit. To be sure that you have identified the faulty appliance reconnect all other appliances and see if the MCB fuses again. If it does, it means there is still a faulty appliance somewhere, which you should try to locate by disconnecting all appliances and reconnecting them in turn, switching them on as you do so. The Consumer Unit & MCB’s can be located in the hall cupboard.
- Turn down the thermostat to 19 ̊C and set the timer so it comes on no more than 30 minutes before you get up and switches off half an hour before you get up and leave in the morning.
- Move furniture away from radiators or heaters to let the heat into your room.
- Turn down the temperature of your hot water at the central heating boiler. A maximum of 60 ̊C is normally sufficient.
- If the water is heated by an electric immersion turn it on half an hour before you need it and turn it off once finished.
- Don’t leave hot taps running – always use the plug. If you’ve got a leaking hot tap now is the time to fix it!
- Switch the lights off if the room is bright or no-one is in it.
- Use natural light where possible – e.g. remove books/ ornaments from windows
- Check spotlights – these can use a lot of electricity – check to see if you have any high wattage bulbs of 300w or greater. Perhaps assess the difference if energy-efficient spotlights were used instead.
- Make sure that all your light fittings have energy efficient bulbs. Your home is fitted with a number of fittings, which will only accept energy efficient bulbs. These fittings are located on all rooms.
- If you have an electric cooker – use the correct pan for the element
- When cooking vegetables turn off the heat 5 minutes before end of the cooking time – they will finish cooking in the steam.
- Use a steamer to cook vegetables – this uses only one element to cook two or three vegetables
- Use an electric kettle to boil water for cooking and keep it free from lime scale. Only boil the water you require in the kettle but make sure the element is covered.
- Plan ahead! If defrosting a ready-made meal get it out of the freezer earlier and put in the fridge. This helps to keep the fridge cool and reduces energy consumption through defrosting.
- Wait until hot food cools before putting in the fridge. Try to ensure the fridge door is closed and is opened and closed as quickly as possible.
- If possible, remove the fridge and freezer away from heat sources including direct sunlight.
- Clean the condenser coils at the back of the fridge and freezer. If your freezer isn’t full then fill the empty spaces with crunched up paper or bubble wrap.
- Wait for a full load before using your washing machine. Using the half load programme does not save you energy, water or detergent.
- Air-dry your clothes when possible.
- If using a tumble dryer use the spin dry cycle before putting the clothes in the tumble dryer.
Cleaning out the fluff filter also improves the efficiency of the machine!
- Switch off the tumble dryer when it has finished – it can use a lot of energy when on standby
- Fill the dishwasher up fully before using it. Don’t be tempted by the half load facility as it is not as energy-efficient. Use the eco-cycle if your dishwasher has one and do not open the door during the drying phase to reduce the energy consumed and switch off completely when it is finished.
- Turn off the chargers for mobile phones and laptops. Turn off the TV’s, radios (DABs are
particularly energy hungry) and computers.
All the dwellings have been constructed in accordance with part L of the Building Regulations; this part of the Building Regulations is primarily concerned with the energy efficiency of the building to meet new standards as set down by legislation. A percentage of the dwelling light fittings have been fitted with energy saving lights, energy can be saved by ensuring that where energy saving fittings have been installed these fittings are replaced when required with lights of the same. All lamps can be purchased from major supermarkets and DIY shops. Low energy bulbs which have been placed in your property these can be purchased at;
Unit 22, Piccadilly Trading Estate
Unit 1, Manchester Fort Shopping Centre
Tel: 0161 832 4200
Saving energy is good for the environment as well as your bank balance and, with modern lighting technology, is as easy as plugging in a new bulb. Energy saving bulbs typically uses around 80% less electricity than normal incandescent bulbs.