Home energy saving tips

Home energy saving

The average household could save over £200 per year by improving and upgrading energy efficiency measures.

The different types of saving you could make are:

  • Loft insulation saving = up to £100 per year
  • Bulbs saving = £7 per bulb, per year
  • Hot water tank jacket saving = up to £15 per year
  • Radiator panels saving = up to £80 per year
  • Heating saving = up to £185 per year
  • Draught proofing saving = up to £15 per year
  • Cavity wall insulation saving = £70-£100 per year

For more information on energy saving measures visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

Here are some simple measures you can put into action today.

Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £30 per year.

Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.

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.

Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).

A 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! 

Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £78 over the lifetime of the bulb - and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.

Do a home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and we'll give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £250 a year on your house hold energy bills.