Energy Efficiency

Albyn Housing Society wants to help all our tenants achieve affordable warmth in their homes. We understand that energy bills are a major part of your household spending and that the cost of heating and running your home can quickly mount up.  Small changes to your daily habits can make a difference and could start saving you money today.  By being more efficient with electricity, gas and water in your home, can help not only your pocket but the environment too!

We hope that you find the information in this section helpful.

The information provided within this Energy Efficiency Advice section should only be used as a guide to illustrate how householders may save energy. In all cases the figures and advice provided have come from various sources and  will vary depending on a householders circumstances.



Control your heating and hot water and take control of your bills.

  • Keep your central heating set between 18◦C and 20◦C. By turning down your thermostat by 1◦ C could save up to 10% on your heating bill which is typically around £50 per year.
  • Regulate temperatures in different rooms by using the individual thermostatic controls on the radiators. For example: Do  your bedrooms need to be as warm as your living room? Does your kitchen radiator need to be on at a high level when you are cooking?
  • Think about turning the thermostat down to a low level if you are going to be out of the house for  a while, for example if you are going out for the evening, set the thermostat  to  15◦ to keep the “chill off” and then you can turn the thermostat back up when you come home.
  • Once you have warmed up your rooms keep the heat inside by closing your curtains when it gets dark and keeping them closed overnight.
  • Don’t trap heat – avoid placing large items of furniture in front of radiators.
  • Ensure that if you have a programmer that this is set to the times that you want your heating and hot water to be on. For example if it is not too cold, set your heating timer so it only comes on when you are at home and minimise the time it needs to be on before you get up in the morning  and consider switching it off 30 minutes before you are due to leave the house or before you go to bed.
  • Only have your water heater on for the time that is required for your needs.
  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Instead of turning up the heating why not put a jumper on?


Which uses the most electricity in your household?


  • Lighting

Turn off unnecessary lights (leave enough lighting for halls and stairs)

Use low energy light bulbs –  these last 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs

Use lower wattage bulbs

  • Consumer Electronics

TVs, DVDs, computers, games consoles and stereos use energy when not in use – do not leave on standby – switch off – switching off appliances at the wall can save 6% off your energy bill

Don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.

  • Fridges and freezers

Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly and position away from cookers, radiators and heaters

Make sure that the door of your fridge and freezers is not left open unnecessarily

  • Cooking

Microwaves use 90% less electricity than a traditional oven

If possible, cook large batches of food at one time using all your cooker space, and then freeze the food you don’t use.

Only fill kettles with the amount of water that you need.

  • Laundry and dishwasher

Only use your washing machine/ dishwasher/tumble  drier  when you have a full load

Set your machine to 30◦C – this will use 40% less electricity than a 40◦C setting

Dry clothes outside instead of using a tumble drier

  • If your property has had Photovoltaic solar panels installed then try and use as many domestic appliances as you can during hours of sunlight, using only one appliance at a time.

The Economy 10  tariff gives you ten hours off-peak electricity, which you can use to heat your home and water, and your home appliances. To help you make the most of the Economy 10 tariff so you can save money and keep your home nice and warm you may find the following information of help. 

  • Check whether you have an Economy 10 meter  fitted – you can do this by asking your energy supplier
  • Make sure that you use electricity during the off peak times and avoid, when possible, using energy during the peak times. The off peak times are as follows:

OFF PEAK                                             ON PEAK

04:30 - 07:30           3 HOURS                 07:30 - 13:30             6 HOURS

13:30 - 16:30           3 HOURS                 16:30 - 20:30             4 HOURS

20:30 - 00:30           4 HOURS                  00:30 - 04:30            4 HOURS

Times supplied by Scottish Hydro Electric

  • Storage heaters are designed to work with the Economy 10 tariff. Storing heat during the cheaper “off peak” periods to use during the day when you need warmth. Make sure that your storage heaters are set correctly to maximise the heat stored during the off peak times.


When you moved in to your property you would have been advised the member of staff who signed you up to the tenancy of what type of heating and hot water system was in your property. You should have also been shown how to use the system and where to find the instructions in your Tenants Handbook. We realise that at the time of signing your tenancy you would have had lots of other important things on your mind, and you may not have been able to fully take on board the information that you had been given at the time. Therefore please find in the following User Guides some useful information on how to use the systems that are installed  within your home.

If you need further assistance  in understanding how to use your system then a member of our Tenancy Sustainment team can come and visit you in your property: TENANCY SUSTAINMENT TEAM LINK

  • Biomass – LINK
  • NIBE air recovery systems – LINK – as attached
  • Daiken air source heat pumps – LINK
  • Mitsubishi air source heat pumps – LINK
  • Underfloor heating - LINK
  • PV Panels – LINK – as attached

The information provided in these user guides have been developed  by Albyn Housing Society for guidance only and are not intended as a comprehensive guide. No guarantee can be given for the accuracy of information provided. These guides do not replace the manufacturers instructions which you will find in your tenants handbook


This service is free to Albyn Housing  Tenants. The members of this team will visit you in the comfort of your home at a time that suits. They can provide impartial energy advice  that can help you:

  • Set your heating system so it works efficiently
  • Work out the best way to manage and pay your bills
  • Speak to your energy providers on your behalf

If you wish to speak to a member of our Tenancy Sustainment Team you can:

Call in to see us in our offices at 69 MacLennan Crescent, Inverness. Our  office hours are 9 am to 5pm.

Phone us on 01463 712 516

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