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A MAJOR new initiative to help householders save money this winter has been unveiled by Power NI.

The Power NI ‘Combat Winter’ campaign offers practical energy saving information and tips designed to reduce bills as temperatures dip.

The firm, which powers more than 725,000 homes, said being energy conscious was about increasing the benefits of modern living while minimising the cost.

“With Christmas approaching we know that keeping warm this winter is going to be an important issue for many people,” said Aine Bloomer from Power NI.

“At this time of year people tend to use more energy, however all too often we find that much of the electricity being used is wasted. While we cannot stop the cold weather from coming we can provide people with advice as to how they can best heat their homes in a practical and cost effective way.”

Combat Winter offers 10 simple steps to saving energy:

1. A regular serviced boiler will make your boiler more efficient, which will help you save money on your energy bills as heating accounts for almost 60% of what you spend every year on energy bills.

2. Boilers should be serviced annually to ensure they work efficiently and safely. A team of qualified Power NI engineers are equipped to deliver a thorough 15-point check up and repairs service, and also to provide the peace of mind with a service certificate. For details call free on 0800 0321 894.

3. By installing cavity wall insulation you could save up to £115 off your energy bill while installing loft insulation could save you up to £150 per year. For details call free on 0800 0321 894.

4. Spread the cost of your electricity into smaller monthly payments and save up to £40 a year or by signing up to Quarterly Direct Debit you could save up to £26 a year. Visit www.powerni.co.uk/save for more details.

5. Upgrade to energy saving light bulbs. They use 80% less electricity, last 10 times longer than standard bulbs saving of around £55 over the lifetime of that bulb

6. Avoid leaving devices such as microwaves, TVs, mobile phone chargers or game consoles on standby – they can use up to £100 worth of electricity a year.

7. Look out for energy labels that show how efficient new appliances are. Buying an ‘A’ rated appliance, costs around £35 less per year to run than ‘E’ rated ones.

8. Where possible use the energy saving cycles on washing machines and tumble dryers. It will cost less to run, helping you to reduce your energy bill and fight climate change.  

9. Only boil the amount of water you need when using kettles. Saving energy saves you money.

10. To mark the launch of Combat Winter initiative, Power NI is offering customers a package that includes boiler servicing and a carbon monoxide monitor to help keep homes safe and cosy this winter.

Power NI would encourage households to undertake an easy-to-use online Home Energy Check service at www.powerni.co.uk/HEC that evaluates the design, energy needs and existing insulation of each home to generate practical and tailored tips that can slash energy bills.

For more advice and tips how to save money and energy this winter with Power NI visit www.powerni.co.uk/winter or call 0800 0321 894.

4. Spread the cost of your electricity into smaller monthly payments and save up to £40 a year or by signing up to Quarterly Direct Debit you could save up to £26 a year. Visit www.powerni.co.uk/save for more details.

5. Upgrade to energy saving light bulbs. They use 80% less electricity, last 10 times longer than standard bulbs saving of around £55 over the lifetime of that bulb

6. Avoid leaving devices such as microwaves, TVs, mobile phone chargers or game consoles on standby – they can use up to £100 worth of electricity a year.

7. Look out for energy labels that show how efficient new appliances are. Buying an ‘A’ rated appliance, costs around £35 less per year to run than ‘E’ rated ones.

8. Where possible use the energy saving cycles on washing machines and tumble dryers. It will cost less to run, helping you to reduce your energy bill and fight climate change.  

9. Only boil the amount of water you need when using kettles. Saving energy saves you money.

10. To mark the launch of Combat Winter initiative, Power NI is offering customers a package that includes boiler servicing and a carbon monoxide monitor to help keep homes safe and cosy this winter.

Power NI would encourage households to undertake an easy-to-use online Home Energy Check service at www.powerni.co.uk/HEC that evaluates the design, energy needs and existing insulation of each home to generate practical and tailored tips that can slash energy bills.

For more advice and tips how to save money and energy this winter with Power NI visit www.powerni.co.uk/winter or call 0800 0321 894.