Keeping it low: How to save energy during the summer months

There are a number of simple actions you can take to help save energy and cut your household bills when the weather is warmer.

Keeping it low

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Use your thermostat efficiently

According to Energy Saving Secrets, many people forget to turn their heating off in the summer, so make sure you adjust your thermostat and boiler settings. Open windows and doors to allow cool air to circulate.

While insulation is usually something associated with keeping warm, it also regulates the temperature throughout your home, making sure it keeps cool too.

If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning, it is important to ensure you use it correctly to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, but also to save energy.

If an open window is not enough to keep you cool, keep your use of air conditioning to a minimum.

In the summer, set your thermostat as high as possible, as the smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your air conditioning bill will be.

If you are not at home, keep the house warmer and only reduce the thermostat setting when you come back and need to cool down.

Maximum energy savings can be had by using a programmable thermostat.

Capture cool air by opening windows at night.

Turn off air conditioning at night and sleep with the windows open.

According to Martin Ellis on, you should make sure to shut your windows and blinds in the morning to keep the cool air in your home.

Use fans to cool your house.

Ceiling fans are a good way of keeping your thermostat setting high, without being less comfortable. Make sure to turn them off when you are not going to be in a room for some time.

After a shower or bath, use the bathroom fan to get rid of humidity.

Consider aluminium radiators

Compared to steel, aluminium has the potential to save energy, as it is more efficient at conducting heat and is faster in responding to changes to room temperature.
You may like to check out some of the environmentally friendly radiators available on sites such as

Low temperature renewable systems

These use energy efficiently while providing a comfortable indoor temperature, so may be worth considering in a bid to keep energy costs down.