In News by Thea Vermeulen

Our energy saving tips below will help you save electricity and gas and reduce your carbon footprint by making your home more energy efficient.

1.      Turn off standby appliances

Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. You may want to think about getting a standby saver or smart plug which allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go.

2.       Install a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using. They learn how long it takes to heat your home, so they can have it at the right temperature at exactly the right time. They can also be controlled by your phone, which means you won’t have to come back to a cold home. And don’t forget to turn your heating down by just one degree could make a difference to your bill.

3.       Install a new boiler

If you have an old boiler in your home, you can save plenty on your bills in the long-run by installing a newer model. Upgrading from a G-rated boiler to an A-rated boiler can save you hundreds of pounds a year. Improving your central heating system should be your first port of call when it comes to energy efficiency.

4.     Wash clothes at a lower temperature

Use your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle instead of higher temperatures and try and reduce your washing machine use by one run per week for a year.

5.       Be smarter about water

You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap. Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes and buying a more efficient shower head can save you as much as £18 per person a year on energy bills, plus an additional amount if you have a water meter.

6.       Insulate upgrade

As well as investing in boiler replacement, you can reduce bills by improving insulation. Insulation retains the heat generated in the home and, as such, ensuring your insulation is up to scratch will increase the heat retained. In turn, this will reduce your reliance on your boiler and save you money. Insulating your loft alone can save you more than £100 per year.

If you need assistance with upgrading your insulation, installing a smart thermostat or seeking a boiler replacement, look no further than T.B. Mackay Energy Services. We’ve been providing professional energy services to our customers for decades.

To find out more about our services, please feel free to contact us today on 0131 552 6103 or email us at