Start living greener today and both your planet and your bank balance will be thanking you! Take a look at our handy hints and tips below
We also have lots of helpful advice and support on how to reduce your energy costs and get the most from your heating systems.
Great Places customers can access great advice and energy switching through LEAP who offer:
Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) has recently produced a useful Home Energy Efficiency customer guide with useful energy saving tips, information on Smart Meters and advice on support available for customers who may be struggling with their energy bills.
Customers struggling to afford to top-up their energy meters can receive an emergency top-up of £29 for individuals and £49 for families.
We can also provide user guides for your heating system. Just make a note of the name and model and then contact us, we’ll send you information.
Do you have solar panels on your roof? If so take a look at our solar panel guide to find out how to make the most of the generated electricity.
If you have a Dimplex Quantum Heater visit their videos on YouTube for guidance on how to use and get the most from your heater.
Do you have an Air Source Heat Pump? We have information on how it works and the benefits it brings and a step by step guide on setting the programmer.
For more home hints and tips, including information on electric storage heaters, visit:
You can also visit Energy Saving Trust where you will find lots of useful information on how run your home energy efficiently.
Do you have electric panel heating? If so, do you know how to set the programmer so the heating comes on and goes off when you need it to? If not, have a look at this video clip which explains everything you need to know about Rointe, our most common electric panel heater.
Great Places install low-flow showers and dual-flush toilets in all our properties. This cuts bills and reduces water use — great for customers on a water meter. Tips for reducing how much water you use:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Use a basin to wash the dishes rather than let the water flow.
- Set a timer and have a six-minute shower.
- Choose low-water appliances when you’re replacing the washing machine/dishwasher – saving money and how much energy you use up.
Reducing waste to landfill is easier than ever. All local authorities provide doorstep collection schemes for a variety of wastes. If you are not sure of your collection day or which bin to use, check your local council website or www.recyclenow.com.
Did you know the average family wastes £700 every year on food? There are lots of easy ways to reduce food waste and save money including:
- Plan weekly meals and only buy what you need.
- Use the fridge and freezer wisely to keep items fresh for longer.
- Take a look at these great recipes on www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to use up leftovers.
If you are going on an unfamiliar journey, all you need is your start and finish postcodes to plug the journey into: www.traveline.info. It will tell you the easiest, fastest or cheapest options to get from A to B.
More of a cyclist or walker? If you’re in the Greater Manchester area contact Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on www.tfgm.com or 0161 244 1000 and ask for your free walking and cycling map of your area. Or take a look at www.sustrans.org.uk for more information on walking or cycling in your area.