Here are some simple measures you can do right now.
Turn your thermostat down.
Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating
up to 10 percent. You could save around £40 per year.
Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat
shouldn't need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping
through the windows.
Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not
to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble
dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme. Better still, dry your washing on a washing line or clothes airer.
Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to
cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).
dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot
water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're
fully turned off!
Use energy saving light
bulbs. Just one can save you £60 over the lifetime of the
bulb - as
they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary lightbulbs.
a home energy check.
Just answer some simple questions about your home and the Energy Saving
Trust will give you a
free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to
£250 a year
on your house hold energy bills.
Simply follow the energy saving measures below, and you
should see a
great return on your investment, both financially and environmentally.
You can cut as much as £250 off your annual
energy bill and reduce your
household's carbon dioxide emissions by around two tonnes.
Here's how you do it.
Brush up on energy saving
Eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing a cheap, easy-to-fix
brush or PVC seal on your exterior doors. Letterboxes and keyholes
should be covered too.
Draughts also get in through gaps in floorboards and
boards, which also allow heat to escape in winter. Stop this waste by
filling these gaps with newspaper, beading or sealant.
Use energy saving light bulbs
Switch to energy saving light bulbs. They last around 10 times longer
than ordinary light bulbs, and each bulb you fit could save up to
on electricity over the bulb's lifetime. They come in a whole range of
Jazz up your tank with a jacket
Insulate your hot water tank with a jacket - it only
costs a few
pounds and, with all the heat it traps in, it pays for itself within
months. Fit one that's at least 75mm (3") thick and you could save
around £20 a year. If every UK household that could fitted an
tank-jacket tomorrow, we'd save over £89 million of energy
Insulating your loft is one of the simplest ways to save energy - you
can even install it yourself. Insulate your loft today and in a year
you could save around £110.
Insulate wall cavities
Around 33% of the heat lost in an uninsulated house is through the
walls. You could save around £90 on energy bills each year by
insulating your wall cavities. It also creates an even temperature in
your home. If we all filled our wall cavities, we'd save about
million of energy a year.
Switch to high-efficiency boilers
If your boiler is over 15 years old it's probably time to replace it.
By law, new gas boilers in England and Wales must now be of the high
efficiency condensing type, which can help you save up to a third on
your heating bills and even more if you upgrade to modern controls as
Look for the logo
When purchasing new appliances, always look for the Energy Saving
Recommended logo. Energy Saving Recommended appliances are the most
efficient in their category and could save you up to £37 a
Keep twice as warm with double glazing
Double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50% and could cut your
heating bill by around £90 a year.
Take our online home energy check
Still not sure which are your home's weak spots? Why not call your
local Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012
for free, impartial advice on saving energy in your home.