Energy Saving Guide
Here's our guide to reducing your energy usage
Switching energy providers can save you hundreds of pounds every year. Run a comparison here to see what you can save.
In addition to switching, there’s lots of little things you can do at home to save energy and bring down your bills.
Say goodbye to standby
Many appliances such as TVs, computers, etc should be turned off after use and not left on standby. The average household could save up to £85 per year just by turning appliances off properly.
Declare a war on draughts
No one likes sitting in a draught, but they could be costing you money too. It’s worth checking doors, windows, floors and skirting boards, and your chimney if you have one. A simple way to test is to dangle a piece of tissue paper where you think there might be a draught. If it moves, there’s air getting in and heat getting out. A wide range of inexpensive draught excluding products are available at DIY stores and could save you up to £35 per year in lost energy.
Check out your insulation
Heat rises, so if your loft is inadequately insulated or not insulated at all, you’ll be losing a lot of energy and money through your roof. Ideally, you should have at least 270mm of insulation in your loft. This could save you up to £150 per year in heating costs.
Heat also escapes through walls, so cavity wall insulation is well worth considering. It gets pumped into the gap between the outer two layers of bricks in your house, helping keep the heat in. There are often government initiatives that really reduce the cost of insulation; it’s worth doing a web search to see what’s available. Cavity wall insulation could save you up to £150 per year.
Amazing double glazing
Although it can be expensive, double glazing is an excellent long-term investment in improving your home’s energy consumption. A lot of heat is lost through single panes of glass, whereas double glazing has an insulating layer of air in between two panes. You could even boost savings even further by getting triple glazing.
Take control of your heating
Boilers aren’t cheap, but as with insulation, there are often excellent deals to be had via government and energy supplier incentives. It might be worth you replacing an old, inefficient boiler as a long-term improvement to your home. Even if your boiler is fine, make sure that your timer is set up correctly to turn your heating and hot water on only when you need them. Thermostatic valves on radiators allow you to control the heat in each room and turning your thermostat down by even just a single degree could save you up to £75 per year.
Solar panels are increasingly popular and installation costs are falling all the time. They do represent a substantial investment, but are worth considering if you intend staying in the same house for the foreseeable future, as they will more than pay for themselves over several years.
Use appliances and gadgets efficiently
Aim for eco-friendly appliances and cycles. Try to clean clothes for shorter cycles, and at lower temperatures such as 30°C or 40°C. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, and be sure to turn the light off each time you leave the room.
Take control of your heating and cooling
Consider turning the temperature on your boiler down. Often people don't even notice the difference, but it can bring down your bills. Also consider using a timer on your thermostat, and lowering the temperature when you are away or are asleep.
In the warmer months, try to use a fan or open a window over using air con, as air con typically uses significantly more energy that other cooling methods.