Energy efficiency

Cut your energy bills by saving energy

There are lots of small things you can do to reduce the amount of energy you use reduce your fuel bill. Try some of the tips below in your home and save yourself some money. You can also contact agencies that provide independent help and advice on energy efficiency.

In the kitchen

Only boil the amount of water you need, instead of filling up the kettle.

Boil the kettle for cooking instead of heating water on the stove – this will save time and energy.

Keep your pan lids on while cooking – you’ll save time as well as money.

Defrost food overnight in the fridge rather than using the microwave.

When you’re washing, make sure that the machine is full so you don’t waste energy on a load. Cutting back by just one cycle a week will save you £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills. Setting the temperature to 30°C or using energy saving mode can also reduce the amount of energy you use.

Heating efficiently

Turn down the heating a bit. When you reduce your thermostat by just 1°C, you could save £85 – 90 a year.

When it’s a warm day, open the curtains to allow the heat in and close them at night to reduce the heat escaping through the windows.

Have your heating and hot water only on when it’s needed – if it’s very cold use your timer to set your heating to come on earlier and go off later rather than turning the thermostat up.

Close internal doors to keep heat in the rooms you are using and turn your radiators off in unused rooms.

Pull furniture away from radiators and make sure they aren’t covered by curtains to allow the heat to circulate around your room.

Check for draughts around windows and doors. Draught-proofing materials are cheap, and you can buy them at your local DIY store.

Other energy advice

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This could save you around £15 on your annual electricity bill.

Energy saving light bulbs use less electricity than older style light bulbs.

Properties built after 1920 could benefit from cavity wall insulation. Without this insulation, up to a third of heat can escape. By having the gap in the brickwork filled, you could save up to £135 a year.

Replace or retire old white goods appliances. Older models of fridges and boilers can use more energy and cost more to run. If your fridge or freezer is over ten years old, you could save money in the long run by buying a new one.

Check energy efficiency labels when replacing appliances like fridges and washing machines. The more efficient the machine, the more money you could save.

Turn appliances off instead of leaving them on standby – this could save you £30 a year!

Electrical goods like laptops and phones can still use energy when fully charged, so make sure you unplug them once they’re charged up.

If you have an economy 7 meter, set appliances with timers for the cheaper night rates.

Visit Energy Saving Trust and the Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234) to find these tips and more.

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