Apply these energy saving tips and you could save hundreds of pounds in lower energy bills every year.
1. Shop around for your energy
If you have never switched your energy supplier you could save up to £270 by changing to a new company. You can compare all UK energy providers for free by using an online price comparison site.
2. Pay by direct debit
You don’t have to switch your energy supplier to reduce your bills. If you don’t currently pay by direct debit you could save around £150 a year and even more by using an online account.
3. Get free advice.
Your local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre can give you free, expert advice on saving energy and applying for any grants available in your area to help with the cost of energy improvements to your home. Alternatively next time you have to employ an electrician to carry out work in your home ask him where and how you can make energy savings – as often they are very knowledgeable.
4. Save money on heating
Simply turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%. Heating water for bathing and washing is another area you can save money by setting the cylinder thermostat at 60°C/140°F.
5. Keep the heat in
Draughty doors, windows and floors can be a major source of heat loss from your home. By using draught-excluders on your keyholes, letter boxes and doors together with blocking gaps under skirting boards with newspaper, you can shave £5-£10 off your bills every year! If you have old or poorly fitting windows, double-glazing can cut heat loss through windows by 50% and reduce your heating bill by up to 100 a year. At night, closing your curtains and tucking them behind any under-window radiator will stop heat escaping through your windows.
6. Use the off button
By switching unused appliances off such as televisions, videos and computers instead of leaving them on standby can save around £37 a year. Turn off lights when you leave an empty room and let in as much natural light as possible during the day.
7. Buy a jacket
Fitting an insulating jacket for your hot water tank only costs a few pounds and pays for itself within months. A jacket that’s at least 75mm thick could save around £20 a year.
8. Only use what you need
By only filling your kettle with the water you need, it will boil quicker and save you money! But the opposite applies when using the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. Try to use a full load with these appliances and wash clothes on a low temperature programme as modern washing powders will be just as effective at lower temperatures.
9. Have a light bulb moment
Saving energy can be as easy as changing a light bulb. By replacing standard bulbs with energy efficient ones you can save a significant amount on your annual bill. bill. Although more expensive to purchase they last many years – with the added benefit of having to regularly change light bulbs.
10. Give your home an energy health check
To understand which energy saving tips and improvements will be most effective for your home, visit the Energy Advice Service