Simple tips to cut your bills
Taking a look at the way you use energy can help you to save money, as well as helping the environment. Making just small and simple changes all adds up to increase fuel efficiency and help reduce your energy bills.
A few tips to make your home more energy efficient:
- 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 – it 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 £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.
- Make sure your heating and hot water are only on when 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.
- Check energy efficiency labels when replacing appliances like fridges and washing machines. The more efficient the machine, the more money you could save.
- If you have an Economy 7 meter, set appliances with timers for the cheaper night rates.
All round the home
- 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 and you can buy them at your local DIY store.
- Turn down the heating a bit. When you reduce your thermostat by just 1°C, you could save £85 – £90 per year.
- 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 will save you around £15 on your annual electricity bill.
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs, as they use less electricity than older-style light bulbs.
- Electrical goods like laptops and phones can still use energy when fully charged, so make sure you unplug them once they’re charged up.
- 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.
- Turn appliances off instead of leaving them on standby – you could save £30 a year!
Visit Energy Saving Trust and the Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234) to find these tips and more.