A good way to save money and cut your energy bills is to take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Here are some energy saving tips to help you save energy.
A third of the cost of heating your home is lost through the walls, so insulating them is the best way to save energy in the home. Installing cavity wall insulation can save you up to £140 per year on your heating bills.
Check your loft insulation, as the Energy Saving Trust recommends having 27 centimetres of insulation installed in your loft to get the maximum benefits. If you don't have any loft insulation, installing it could save you £175 off your energy bills every year. Find out how to make your home more energy efficient at the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Use energy saving light bulbs
Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving one can cut lighting costs by up to £50 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last up to 12 times longer than the ordinary light bulbs.
Replace your old boiler
About 60% of what you spend on your energy bills in a year is through your boiler, so upgrading to an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could make a big difference - up to £300 a year.
If you are disabled, have children, or on certain benefits you may be eligible for certain grants for a new boiler. Call the free Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 for independent advice about what you may be entitled to.
Turn down your thermostat
Turning it down by 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £85 a year. You can also cut your heating bills by installing certain heating controls. If you don't already have a room thermostat, installing one could save up to £70 a year. If you fit a hot water tank thermostat that can also save £30 a year.
Don’t leave appliances on standby
UK households spend an average of £35 leaving appliances on standby, so make sure to switch yours off at the plug. Research has also shown that leaving electrical items like laptops on charge after the battery is full costs around £3 a year.
Fix dripping taps
A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in just one week, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re all fully turned off.
Draught proof your home
According to the Energy Saving Trust, fully draught proofing your home could save an average of £55 a year.
Insulate your hot water tank
An insulation jacket costs around £15 and can save around £45 a year on your heating bill, paying for itself in less than six months.
Use an electricity monitor
Electricity monitors show you in real time how much electricity you are using, which can help you make decisions about your energy use and become more efficient. At the moment you can get an electricity monitor from around £25 online and they are easy to install yourself.
More energy saving tips
We have launched Compare My Energy, a website where you can compare your energy use with people in your local area. The site offers energy efficiency tips, which could help you lower your energy bills. Find out more at www.comparemyenergy.org.uk.