The daffs are blooming, the birds are tweeting, and the sun is even making an occasional appearance – while spring may not have ‘sprung’ just yet, it’s certainly around the corner! Shake off the lingering winter blues with these energy to-dos that’ll usher in a cheery new season.
Yes, we go on about this all the time, but for good reason – turning your thermostat down by just one degree does wonders for the planet and your wallet! Now the warmer weather is (slowly!) creeping in, your house will retain warmth for longer throughout the day, negating the need to blast it full of scorching hot central heating in the evenings. Turn it down by one degree, and if you don’t notice the difference, turn it down some more!
Pesky daylight savings mean the end of March sees everyone struggling with the ol’ microwave clock and oven timers, so while you’re changing them, remember to change your boiler clock, too, otherwise your programmed settings will be out of whack and you’ll be paying to heat a house while everyone’s fast asleep!
And while you’re changing the boiler clock, tweak your pre-programmed on/off settings. After the clocks change the days will feel longer, and your house will do a better job of hanging on to warmth from daylight sun. Instead of having the heating on for five hours each evening, for example, change it to four.
Most boilers will have controls for general temperature levels for both heating and water, ranging from low to very high (often depicted by bars or dials). Now we’re coming into slightly warmer weather, you can turn these down a notch or two as well.
If your radiators have temperature valves on their sides, turn them down a level. You don’t need them to be blasting out red hot heat during gentle spring time evenings when just a touch of warmth will do the job nicely. In rooms that are rarely used, turn them off altogether!
You might think all that dusting and polishing is for the sake of cleanliness, but it can also help boost your energy credentials, too. Clean appliances run more efficiently, and sparkling-clean windows let more light into rooms to help keep them warm. Elbow grease at the ready!
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1Monthly cost - Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying in advance by direct debit, including online discount. All rates correct as of 23/08/16, but may go up or down.
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3Pay Monthly Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYM OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
4Pay As You Go Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYG OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
We include almost twice as much renewable electricity as the national average: At least 33% of electricity in all of our tariffs comes from renewable sources. The national average, according to Ofgem as at March 2014 was 16.7%. For more information please visit this page.
33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
3% interest: Calculated at 3% per year, paid monthly based on number of days in credit and the amount left in your account after you’ve paid your bill. OVO Interest Reward is capped at 12 times the amount of the current direct debit amount and is available to customers paying by advance direct debit. Terms apply: http://www.ovoenergy.com/terms/
95% of new customers save when switching to OVO: Based on all new customer signups between 01/02/2016 and 31/07/2016
94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Britain's top rated energy provider: Britain's top rated energy provider in the Which? 2015 satisfaction survey. Survey conducted in October 2015. Awarded in January 2016.