Tips that cost nothing
- Run your heating for just one hour less every day
- Keep the air flow vents on your electric heaters clear of any obstructions
- Turn down your thermostat by one degree
- Fix any drips - leaks waste a lot more water than you think
- Take a shower - it's faster, cheaper and more efficient than a bath
- Use the right sized pan for the food and the hob
- Keep saucepan lids on to keep in the heat
- Make toast in the toaster, not under the grill
- Only boil as much water as you need rather than filling the kettle up
- If you're not in the room for a while - switch off the lights
- Turn off your appliances instead of leaving them on standby
- Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to improve their efficiency
- Don't put hot food directly in the fridge - let it cool down first
- Position fridges and freezers as far from cookers and heaters as you can
- Run your washing machine on full loads - and use half load or economy programmes if you have them
- Use low-energy programmes on dishwashers for all but the very dirtiest of dishes
- Shut out the night and keep in the heat, but make sure you don't drape your curtains over radiators as this sends heat straight out of your windows
Tips that cost a little
If you have an old hot water tank, putting on a new 75mm hot water cylinder jacket could make a difference.
Radiator panels help save that heat by reflecting it back into the room. They slide in easily, and you can fit them yourself in minutes. And by reducing the amount of heat that's wasted, they could help you save money on your heating bills.
Install an energy efficient shower head
Draught proofing takes minutes to install and could save you a significant amount on your heating bills. Simply fill in cracks and gaps around the outside of your window and door frames to draught proof your home.
Tips that cost a bit more
Green Deal makes home energy-saving improvements accessible and affordable for many homes across the UK. The improvements should reduce the amount of energy you use, which could result in lower household energy bills and a warmer home.
Cavity wall insulation requires only a single installation that is quick and easy. Cavity wall insulation fills in the gaps between your outer and inner walls, which cuts draughts and reduces heat loss. It could save you a lot of money. Floorboards and ceilings can also be insulated. And you could be eligible for free installation if you qualify for the EDF Energy’s ECO scheme.
Reducing heat loss through your loft
Heat rises, and that means a significant amount of heat is lost from your home through the roof. Installing loft insulation is a great way to counter this. A single insulation is effective for at least 42 years so it’s a great investment.
Insulate your entire home
That’s what external solid wall insulation does. By installing insulation boards to the outside walls of your home, you can reduce heat loss through your walls. This is great for homes with a lot of outside-facing walls, and a single insulation could save you a lot of money over the years.
Next time you need to replace your tumble dryer, washing machine, fridge, freezer or other domestic appliances, make sure you get one that’s as energy efficient as possible. Look out for the Energy Saving Trust's ‘Energy Saving Recommended’ logo.
Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass, with a space between filled with air or gas. This creates an insulating barrier, which reduces heat loss, noise and condensation. If you feel that you can’t replace your windows, you could ask a professional to attach another sheet of glass to the inside of your existing window frame.