Energy Efficiency

The Western Trust is committed to improving energy efficiency across the Trust. Within this section you will be find information about initiatives we are currently running to help us become more energy efficient and to improve our energy performance throughout the Trust. Click here to see our latest Western Trust staff energy efficiency factsheet.


There are also plenty of ways that you can reduce your energy bills at home.


Simple ways you can save energy and money now:

    Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £50 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time
      Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F
  Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors
   Always turn off the lights when you leave a room
     Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily
   If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads
  Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle)
  A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off
     Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £70 over its lifetime if you're replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day

Energy Efficiency at Home:

If everyone made an effort to cut down on the energy we waste every day at home and at work, we’d not only help the environment but also save ourselves a substantial sum of money. For every £100 of your energy bill you can save up to £20 by simply be more energy efficient. Click here for more information.


Myth Buster

Rather than switching lights on and off, fluorescent bulbs use less energy left on.

MYTH:- this used to be the case with older fittings. Modern (thinner tubes and compact fluorescent) fittings use over 30 times less energy


Switching computers and screens on and off damages them and reduces their life, screensavers save energy

MYTH:- leaving office equipment on for long period of time (overnight and at weekends) reduces their capacity. Screensavers do not save energy, they prevent the screens coating from being damaged


Equipment not in use, although plugged in, uses no electricity

MYTH:- TV stand-by lights and the extra clock on the microwave are the worst offenders. Many modern appliances have electronic switches or none at all. Phone chargers stay warm even when not in use. Some appliances i.e. washing machines may be cold to the touch but still take in low currents even when off. It is estimates that across the Trust over £20,000 a year is wasted as a result of standby lights, chargers and unnecessary digital clocks being left on.


Did you know?

  • Each computer (with a flat screen monitor) that’s left on standby overnight and at weekends wastes £20 a year. That’s £200 and 860kg of Co2 for every 10 computers
  • Leaving a photocopier on standby overnight and at weekends instead of switching off costs £42 a year and emits 183kg of CO2
  • Switching off a laser printer overnight and at weekends instead of leaving it on standby, will save £21 a year and cut CO2 emissions by approximately 91kg
  • Buying the more efficient PC and printer will save up to £200 in energy running costs over its lifetime (5-6 years) compared to the least efficient models.