Make it your new year’s resolution to save thousands on your energy bills


As homeowners and businesses struggle to meet rising energy costs, the start of a new year is the perfect time to review your energy use.  Ren Net, the Renewable Energy Business Network, brings together all the best renewable energy experts in the northwest to provide people with efficient and effective solutions. Find out which suppliers can help you make 2014 the year you start saving by clicking onto The Network button on this website. There are also simple measures people can take to help reduce the monthly bills, including these 14 zero or low-cost energy saving measures:

1. Turn down thermostats and use timers for hot water or space heating

2. Switch off lights/appliances when not in use

3. Fix leaking taps

4. Shower rather than bathe

5. Use lined curtains and close them at night

6. Always wash full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher

7. Position fridges and freezers in a cool place away from direct sunlight and heat

8. Maintain your hot water boiler

9. Insulate your hot water cylinder

10.Draught seal doors, windows and other gaps

11. Improve heating and water controls

12. Replace ordinary light bulbs with energy saving CFLs

13. Insulate your attic and consider ground floor insulation options

14. Buy energy efficient appliances and consider central heating controls

Introducing renewable energy solutions can cut thousands of euros from the annual household bill. The Ren Net members are skilled professionals happy to discuss the best measures for you, whether it’s cavity wall insulation, internal and external wall insulation, low-emissivity double-glazing or solar water heating systems. Under The Better Energy Home scheme, generous grants are available to homeowners to upgrade their homes with energy efficient measures and renewable energy solutions are ideally considered when doing renovation or replacement work.