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Gas & Electricity

5 simple tips to make sure your home is energy safe

Conor Dever

Conor Dever

Staff Writer

We all have to power our homes, and we all know that it's really important to get the best energy deal possible. But one thing that's often overlooked is energy safety.

So here's our list of five simple things to remember when it comes to energy safety in the home.

1) Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm

This one is pretty simple.

Press the button on the devices firmly to make sure that each one is working. And be sure to check your alarms frequently to make sure the batteries haven't died in the interim.

And if you don't already have a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, now's the time to get one. 

2) Have your gas boiler serviced annually

Having your boiler serviced is not just safe it is also financially responsible as you could be wasting money on an inefficient boiler. But most importantly, it can prevent a gas leak which is hugely dangerous.

So be sure to get this done once a year to keep your home safe.

3) Only have a registered gas installer carry out gas work in your home

If you had a Ferrari you wouldn’t just bring it to any old mechanic. The same sentiment should apply when it comes to having gas work done in your house - you want it done by the best.

Using a registered gas installer is the best way to ensure that the work being done in your home is safe and efficient.

4) Make sure your switches don't keep tripping

If your fuse board switches keep tripping, don’t continue to switch them back without consulting an electrician. It might be tempting to throw it back up and leave it, but these switches are designed to trip as a fail safe.

So if you have a switch that keeps tripping, ring your electrician as it may mean that there is a faulty fuse or something causing too much power to flow through one outlet.

5) Always switch off and unplug electrical devices when not in use

We also end with a pretty simple tip - make sure to unplug or switch off devices when you're not using them.

This is good advice for both safety and your pocket, as regularly doing this will save you money on your electricity bills too.

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