BESW Giveaway and a chance to win £7,000 worth of Windows

By on 22nd October in Fun

As some of you may be aware, this week is Big Energy Saving Week (BESW).

This is a week for saving energy; you could do it by lift sharing or cycling to work, buying energy efficient light bulbs for your home or by turning your thermostat down a degree and putting on an extra jumper.

However, we are offering you a chance to improve your home’s energy efficiency with some brand spanking new EcoGain windows from Anglian. All week we want to hear about your ideas, gadgets, designs or any useful hints you have to be energy efficient, and you could win windows to the value of £7,000 for your home.

Big Energy Saving Week

Big Energy Saving Week

The more creative and unusual your ideas are, the better! Your idea doesn’t have to be in writing either; it could be a drawing or a photograph of your new homemade gadget or you could keep it simple and tell us in a tweet. Whatever your idea is, we want to know about it!

To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning simply share your cost-efficient energy-saving tip with us on either Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or as a comment on our blog!

How to enter:

* On Twitter: A tweet to @anglianhome with the hashtag #BESW

* On Pinterest: An image or video pin with the hashtag #BESW & in the caption ‘Anglian Home Improvements’.

* On Google+ : A post, image or video shared with us on the Anglian Google+ page with the hashtag #BESW.

* On the Blog: You can enter right here on the blog by posting your energy-saving tip as a comment with the reference #BESW.

Our advice on how to win!

We would love to see an energy-saving tip that is creatively shared, original and most importantly, useful! It can be an idea, gadget or design; if we like your entry it will be shared on the blog throughout the week.

Daily Energy Saving Giveaways

Not only do you have a chance of winning £7,000 worth of Anglian’s double glazed windows, you also could win an energy saving pack every day of BESW. We will be selecting 5 entrants each day to win one of these packs, so keep an eye on the blog to see if your idea was good enough.

The winner of the grand prize will be announced the week following Big Energy Saving Week and the winner will be showcased on our website.

For full terms and conditions visit the website here.

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  • Stop all your expensive centrally heated air from escaping up your chimney by blocking the flue with a Chimney Sheep. It’s made of felted sheep wool on a handle and is really easy to put in and out. You can lose 40 cubic metres of air an hour up your chimney. Loads of houses have fireplaces & chimneys that they hardly ever use. So stick a sheep in it and save a whole lot of energy and money!

  • Andy Thayne

    BESW# A cheap and cheerful, but effective, way of reflecting heat back into a room from behind rads or panel heaters is to use tin foil and hang it behind rad or panel suspended from knitting needles or other suitable length rods. Fold the top over the chosen rod to secure and drop behind rad or heat panel; the mounting brackets support it and you can cut to shape, using several strips for really big rads or heat panels.

  • trush

    Buy a washing machine with a high spin speed so the clothes come out less wet and then hang the clothes on washing line to dry during the day and bring them in – in the evenings. In the evening whilst the heating is on you can get the clothes completely dry. Saves on the cost of buying and running a tumble dryer

  • Catherine Born


    Just about every light bulb in our house is an energy saving compact fluorescent lamp, and over the last few years we’ve replaced old appliances (when they’ve given up the ghost) with new energy saving ones. We got our loft insulation topped up for free this summer, so I’m hoping that will help bring down our heating bill a bit this winter.

    My main problem is that I keep having to (just about) follow my husband around the house, switching lights off when he’s left a room. On the planet he comes from, electricity appears to be free. Maybe I need to replace my husband with a new, energy saving model…

  • Hi, we were sick of losing heat through our letter box. We added the recommended bristles inside but the metal flap kept getting stuck open. This along with the fact that as we have dogs who find our post extremely tastey we had to add a mail cage on the inside of the door to catch the post. Large items like magazines would be too long to go all the way through and would get wedged against the side of mail cage resulting in the magazine being half in the flap and half out leading to further heat loss. We decided to attach an external letterbox onto the outside of our house and block up the flap on the door so no hot air escapes anymore. We also added external surround beading and a heavy velvet curtain covering the door area to further reduce heat loss. Needless to say our hallway is much warmer and the thermostat kicks in less often.

  • derek lewis

    For years we have added a liner of polystyreen on our outside walls. We have solid walls and no cavity to insulate , so this helps to keep us warm. It also helps to live in a terrace.

  • Caroline

    Use cheap fleece blankets to add an extra layer to your curtains for the winter to make sure that no heat escapes. They can be hung from the same fittings as your current curtains

  • Julie Peacock

    Install light sensors in the house. When you enter the room the light will come on and will go off when you leave, saving hours of unessessary electricity. They could also be a safety factor, for example someone getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, the light in the hall or ensuite would automatically come on.

  • michelle bennett

    Be more sociable,,,go grocery shopping with a friend and share the fuel costs,,,share meals with your friends,,,its cheaper,,,,and much more fun,,,turn the heating down a little and share a snuggle up on the sofa with your partner/children/pets,,,,share a little,,,,save a lot

  • Caroline

    Make sure that radiators are off in rooms with an open window ie if you are airing bedrooms in the morning make sure that the heating is off in that room first so as not to waste heat; similarly, if you have to open the window to clear steam or condensation from the bathroom.

  • Dave Mountain

    BESW# Save big money. Every time you use the bathroom! The bathroom should be the hottest room in the house, I was sitting in the bath soaking and realized we throw that heat away every time we use the room an extraction fan turns on and sucks all that costly heat right outside along with the moist air from the bathroom.
    Can I ask you bear with me on this next paragraph I diverge to a tumble dryer? I don’t use the dryer that often but when needs must. I’m a single parent father and I work all day, so don’t get to catch the dry days that easy. I’m not the richest so when I needed an indoor condensing unit for my tumble dryer I made one to save money; I made a condensing box to stop all that wet hot air steaming my home up.
    I made it from an old plastic ice cream container cut two holes in the lid of the tub; one had a diameter of 90mm and the other 50mm. I pushed the hose from my tumble dryer into the one hole that was 90mm; in fact it twisted in and stayed there because of the spiral wire in the hose. It only needs to be 25mm 1ich through the lid. I left the other 50mm hole open. Into the ice cream tub I poured water to a level that half-filled it, then put my lid on and used my tumble dryer no more steamed up kitchen utility room.
    Now hope I’ve not lost you there.
    Lying in the bath I thought what if I make another tub this time with two holes in the lid at 90mm diameter. And one more hole in the side of the tub just over halfway up that was 20mm in diameter.
    The next day I went into the loft disconnected the 100mm hose that went from my bathroom extractor fan to the outside grill, the end I disconnected was the outside wall end and I put it into the lid of ice cream tube as I described before, the hose was really long so I shortened it before fitting. The ice cream tub sat in-between the rafters in the loft right next to the fan unit. I made a hole through the ceiling about half a meter away from the fan extractor and fitted another extractor fan grill (grill only) in the ceiling of the bathroom and inside the loft connected a 100mm duct hose to it, I used the bit I had cut off when shortening the other pipe. I connected this pipe into my ice cream tub lid the same as the other pipe.
    To recap, I now look up in my bathroom and see two fan grilles (one is the extractor fan the other just a grill) in the ceiling. I go into the loft and see two hose from the grilles going to my ice cream tub lid.
    My ice cream tub has a hole in it, 20mm into this I fitted a 21.5mm waste pipe connector (you can buy the likes of from good plumbing stores) and into that I fitted a 21.5mm waste pipe sometimes referred to as overflow pipe. This will allow the tub to hold water up to halfway but as the moisture collects and fills up the container the overflow pipe carries the excess water away. Make sure you take this pipe to an outside gutter drainpipe or overflow soil stack.
    So having done all that my hot air in the bathroom now goes up into the loft the moisture gets condensed when it hits the cold water in my ice cream tub then the warm air returns back into the bathroom, this cycle continues all the time I’m in the bath without ever losing the hot air directly outside.
    Next time you’re in the bathroom having a shower or a bath or just spending a penny and you hear that fan start whirling away think about the heat you are throwing away.

  • Claire aka @NorwichHPExpert

    To save energy and money, turn off your boiler when it is warm enough not to have it on.
    The pilot light, no matter how efficient the boiler is, will use quite a lot of gas. On mine, it’s £3/month.
    Also, if you have a big water tank and you only use hot water for the occasional bath, turn the hot water off. I have an electric shower. If I need hot water in the kitchen, I boil a kettle. The washing mashing and dishwasher heat themselves.
    Saves a fortune in gas and cash.

  • Simeon benson


    Energy saving bulbs, loft and cavity wall insulation, proper heating controls, efficient boiler etc are all brilliant ways of helping but it’s how it is all used and our attitude towards energy that is really important. If all households were really energy aware they would be more efficient. Energy usage needs to be in our thoughts all the time to really help. Good ways of creating this mind set are to complete the energy efficiency guide on the energy saving trusts website and to do it as a family. If everyone is involved then everyone thinks and if they have surveyed the house they will understand a bit more. It will also highlight any thing that could be added easily to improve efficiency.

    Does your hot water tank have a nice thick jacket?

  • Heather Walshaw

    BESW – A few tips of my energy saving tips are listed below

    – Always make sure everything is turned off when you go to bed
    – Look into solar panels. If you can afford them, you can get your money back on them
    – Put some more clothes on if cold!
    – Have your home insulated to save on energy bills.
    – Always share bath water if possible – take showers if not
    – Try not to waste water eg turn off tap when brushing teeth
    – Use tin foil behind your radiators as it reflects the heat back into the room
    – After washing dishes, if the water is still fairly clean, use it for cleaning the floor
    – After bathing, re-use water for watering plants
    – Get a water butt
    – Use a dehumidifier to dry clothes

  • Saleema Imam


    I do all the old fashioned things such as wearing extra layers of clothing, lined heavy curtains at windows and external doors, draught strips round doors and windows, making draught rolls for the bottom of doors from re-used fabric stuffed with newspaper. Re-using bath water, having several water butts, using newspapers and magazines for insulation ad infinitum. more than 20 years ago I lined the walls with rolls of polystyrene before papering. You can now get safer commercial materials to do the same thing.
    Save the rest of a kettle of hot water in a flask after making a drink. Cook one pot meals, use a pressure cooker and/or hay box cooking techniques. In summer I have a home made solar cooker

    I also take a hot water bottle to bed when its cold and use the still warm water to wash in in the morning.

  • Christine

    Sorry, forgot the #BESW

    I’m sure there’s an A to Z
    Of ways to save energy
    But it’s too much for my head
    So here’s my simple top 3.

    All are about heating
    As that’s where money’s burned
    But as you want to keep eating
    It shouldn’t consume all you’ve earned

    OK, air is my first
    ‘cos it hates to stay put
    Giving your heating a real thirst
    So draughts, gaps: get shut!

    Water comes next
    ‘cos winter water drains away heat
    So dehumidify: the effect?
    Healthier air and toastier feet

    Dust is my last
    ‘cos summer needs a shout
    And a chilled dust free fridge back
    Saves £s, no doubt

    I hope that my tips: remember…
    Air, water, dust, 1, 2, 3
    Cut your bills this November
    December, January, February….

  • Michael C.


    2 apps.

    1) For smart TVs, an app where you let it know what you pay per kWh and it tells you how much it just cost you to watch the latest installment of X Factor Masterchef On Ice, The Celebrity Edition.

    2) For smartphones/tablets/TVs, an app that connects to your electricty monitor (Wattson type), lets you share the data with others and compete to reduce your usage. Maybe get an energy company to sponsor the app, with prizes for most energy saved etc.