How can I save energy?
Simple changes to your daily habits can help you save money on your energy bills and make your home more eco-friendly.
The following tips are divided into cost-free measures that you can get cracking on right away, and improvements that you can plan for as your budget allows.
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Turn it down
Turn your thermostat to a lower temperature setting. By reducing your room temperature by just 1°C you can save up to £40 per year.
Your water may be too hot. Cylinder thermostats shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
Keep it closed
Stop heat escaping from windows by closing your curtains in the evening. If you’re in one room for long periods, shut the door and pop a draught excluder along the bottom to keep heat in.
Turn it off
Turn off lights when you leave a room. Don’t leave appliances on standby. Electrical devices left in standby mode can add up to £38 to your annual electricity bill.
Only use what you need
Use the half-load or economy programme when filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher with small loads. When using an electric kettle, only boil as much water as you need.
Stop that drip
Tighten any dripping or leaking taps. A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water in a week to fill half a bath.
Draught proof your floors
Heat can escape through the floorboards and skirting boards. Minimise heat loss by using newspaper, beading or sealant to fill those gaps. See our advice on floor insulation for more help in tackling this.
Wrap it up
Treat your hot water tank to a jacket so that it stays warm longer. Fit one that’s at least 75 millimetres (three inches) thick and you could save around £20 a year. A British Standard lagging jacket costs approximately £10.
Insulate your loft
This is one of the most effective ways of saving energy, and in most cases it’s something you can tackle yourself. Take a look at our handy guide to loft insulation to get started.
Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when buying new appliances. Devices which feature the logo are the most efficient in their category and could save you up to £37 per year.
Installing double glazing can dramatically cut heat loss through windows and give you energy savings of around £90 a year.
Fill in the gaps
As much as a third of heat loss occurs through your home’s walls. Invest in cavity wall insulation and you could cut your annual energy bills by around £90.
Boost your boiler
Upgrade your gas boiler to a condensing boiler. They are more efficient, less costly to run and produce less carbon dioxide.
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