What you can do right now
(and some of these tips will not costs you a penny)
There are many ways to save money on your energy bills and many of these either cost nothing or very little. Our top ten tips of no or low cost actions are:
- Insulate, insulate, insulate, the walls, the floors, any draughts such as chimneys, doors, windows etc. Look at every opportunity to keep the heat in.
- Switch Energy Suppliers, this is by far the easiest way to instantly save money off your energy bills. Always contact your current utility supplier to check you’re on the best tariff first. Further advice about this can be found on Ofgem’s website
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows. Add a thermal liner to them to keep in the heat.
- Switch off, don’t leave appliances on standby and remember to turn off phone chargers plugs and extension leads. Yes they still use energy when left plugged in and switched on.
- Use 30 and full loads in your washing machine.
- Only boil as much water as you need, and when cooking use your pan lids
- Use low-energy light bulbs, LED’s are now affordable and over the long run will save you more energy
- Look at your travel habits, you may save overall money spent on fuel in the car by switching to electric.
After you have considered saving energy, look at making or generating energy such as solar generation, biomass boilers and heat pumps. Some companies still over roof rental schemes whilst you gain free solar electricity during daylight hours. For more information on generating energy in the home visit this page.