Cambridge recession buster: Expert’s 5 ways to cut energy bills

May 30 2009

Cambridge recession buster: Expert’s 5 ways to cut energy bills

An energy expert has identified three simple ways that Cambridge people can save money on their home energy bills.

And not only will that help them get through the recession, but it will also reduce their impact on the environment.

The tips have been put together by energy expert Ian Macklin, the Managing Director of Cottenham company Kershaw Contracting Services.

His five tips are:

  1. Turn your thermostat down: Reducing the room temperature by just 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
  2. Say bye bye to standby: Don't leave your TV or other gadgets on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  3. Ditch the drip: A dripping tap wastes enough water in a week to fill half a bath.
  4. Change light bulbs: The energy savings of low-energy bulbs are substantial. They also have a lifespan of up to 15,000 hours.
  5. Insulate your loft: Without insulation up to 25% of the heat generated in your house could leave through the roof. Loft insulation is one of the most cost efficient ways of reducing your heating bills.

Ian said: “If you do all five of these tips you will see a significant reduction in your home energy bills, plus you will be going green with very little effort.”

Kershaw Contracting Services specialises in fitting domestic insulation, and is a division of the Cambridge-based Kershaw Group.

Parts of the Kershaw Group have a history stretching back 120 years. It employs 183 people and is well known for its involvement in the community.

Notes to Editors

  • For further information or to arrange interviews with Kershaw Contracting Services, please contact Zoe Coll on 08452 303049, or email