Energy saving advice

Here are some useful tips and advice to help you save money on your energy bills.


Simple ways to cut your bills


Practical, everyday tips are always helpful when looking to reduce the amount of energy used. Sometimes small and straightforward changes to the way we live can increase energy efficiency and help reduce bills significantly. Try some of the tips below in your home and see how much you can save.


In the kitchen

  • Only boil the amount of water you need, instead of filling up the kettle every time.
  • Boil the kettle for cooking instead of heating water on the stove - this will save time and is more energy efficient.
  • 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 clothes, make sure that the machine is full so you don’t waste energy on a load. Cutting back by just one cycle a week could save around £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 modes can also reduce the amount of energy you use.

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Heating efficiently

  • Turn down the heating a bit. When you reduce your thermostat by just 1°C, you could save up to £90 per year.
  • If your domestic hot water is heated electrically, experiment with the timings to find a setting that creates a balance between giving you all the hot water you need during the day without needing to heat your water tank excessively, which is both wasteful and costly.
  • When it’s a sunny day open the curtains to allow the heat in and close them at night, being careful to ensure that they don’t cover the radiators. This will reduce heat escaping through windows.
  • Make sure your heating and hot water are only turned on when needed - if it’s very cold use your timer to set your heating to come on earlier and to 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 or heaters 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.

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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 might save you around £15 on your annual electricity bill.
  • Dry your clothes outdoors. Tumble dryers use a lot of energy so drying your clothes outside in fine weather or on a rack indoors is a great way of saving money. If you do dry clothes indoors, please open some windows to avoid condensation.
  • If your domestic hot water is heated electrically, try to find time settings that give you what you need without wasting money heating the full tank, when the water isn’t needed.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.
  • 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 - you could save £30 a year!
  • Electrical goods like laptops and phones can still use energy when fully charged, so make sure you unplug them once they’ve been charged up.
  • If you have an economy 7 meter, set appliances with timers to take advantage of cheaper night rates.

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

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