We’re urging people to take time to make time to change their households’ habits to help fight climate change. It doesn’t take long to get things started – there are lots of things you can do in just ten minutes. For example
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by 10 percent a year.
- Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily. This could save you around £37 a year on your household electricity bills.
- Fit energy saving light bulbs. Just one energy saving bulb could save you around £3 a year on average, or around £6 if you're replacing a brighter bulb or one used for more than a few hours a day. Over the lifetime of each bulb this will save you around £45 on average.
- Wash your clothes at 30 degrees instead of at higher temperatures and use around 40% less electricity
For more information call free phone 0800 512 012 or visit
The local Crime Prevention Officer of the Police Service for Northern Ireland is giving the following Crime Prevention Advice to prevent heating oil theft:
1. Check your heating oil level REGULARLY at least twice a week – preferably daily.
2. There are many devices on the market for measuring how much oil is in your tank – buy one and USE IT (oil sentry, oil watchman etc. See local supplier for details).
3. What security features does your tank have lockable fuel cap, sensor lighting coverage, etc.
4. Is your heating oil tank easily accessible to vehicular traffic – next to a road, car park etc. If it is you are more high risk.
5. Be a good neighbour and report anything suspicious around a neighbours home ie tanker in driveway unusual time, persons taking hoses through to oil tank etc. If you are suspicious note details and ring 0845 6008000 immediately.