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The biggest long-term savings come from changing your energy habits and being more energy efficient around the home.

As you start to see savings its a good idea to re-invest this money in energy saving products and appliances to reduce your energy consumption even further. The long-term savings will more than pay for the cost of purchasing and installing these measures.

Start using these no-cost energy saving ideas around your home and measure the reduction in your next few energy bills. The more you apply the more you'll save.

Heating Tips

  • Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you expect to return.
  • Turn the room thermostat down by 1 degree. This can save you around 30 a year.
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
  • Insulate your loft space and consider cavity wall insulation too.

Electrical Appliances

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs which use less energy and last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems, and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.

Refrigeration

  • Don't leave the fridge door open and try to avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge as this increases the energy required to keep the contents cold.
  • Defrost your fridge frequently and check the door seals. Avoid putting your fridge next to heat generating appliances such as an oven or boiler. If possible, keep the freezer in a cool room or garage.

Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers and Dishwashers

  • Use a low temperature setting and only wash full loads or use a half-load or economy programme.
  • In summer, dry your clothes outside rather than using a tumble dryer.
  • When drying your clothes indoors, use a clothes rail instead of a radiator as this stops the heat from reaching the rest of the room.
  • Modern dishwashers use less energy and water than washing up by hand.

Cooking

  • Use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring to prevent heat loss.
  • Use a lid on saucepans where possible, so the contents heat up faster and require less energy.
  • Consider using pressure cookers, steamers and microwaves which use less energy.

Hot Water

  • When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need.
  • If you live in a hard water area, limescale can effect the efficiency of your kettle. Look out for a buildup of limescale in your kettle and treat with vinegar or descaling solutions.
  • Consider turning the thermostat on your hot water tank down to 60 degrees centigrade which is a comfortable temperature for most people and will save on your heating costs.
  • If you have a standard shower it will use around 40% of the water required for a bath.
 
 
 
It's easy to start saving energy right now and you don't have to spend any money to reduce your energy bills. Applying our no-cost energy saving tips around your home can save you hundreds of pounds a year.

As well as changing your daily energy habits, you can also install energy efficient products and appliances around your home. These efficient products don't always cost more than inefficient ones but will use less energy so are cheaper to maintain and run.

Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Save 5-10 per year / cost recovered in 6 months

Hot Water Tank Insulation
Save 10 per year / cost recovered in 1 year

Draught Proofing
Save 35 per year / cost recovered in 1 year

Heating Controls
Save 50 per year / cost recovered in 2-3 years

Double Glazed Windows
Save 150 per year / cost recovered in 5-10 years

Loft Insulation
Save 80-100 per year / cost recovered in 1 year

Cavity Wall Insulation
Save 130 per year / cost recovered in 1 year

Replace Old Boiler
Save 120-200 per year / cost recovered in 4-5 years

 

Energy Saving Trust
Information and advice on how you can be more energy efficient in your home. From Insulation to energy saving appliances and other household goods, find out how you can do your bit for the environment and save money on your energy bills.
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/

Carbon Trust
A government-funded independent company, helps businesses and the public sector to cut carbon emissions and to exploit the potential of low carbon technologies.
http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/

National Energy Action

The leading fuel poverty charity campaigning at a national, regional and local level for affordable warmth in the homes of vulnerable people, highlighting the plight of those forced to live in cold damp homes.
http://www.nea.org.uk