How to save energy & money

What can you do?

  • Be more energy efficient
  • Make your home efficient and comfortable
  • Reuse & Recycle, daily

Reduce your energy use

The average yearly household bill for gas and electricity has almost doubled over 10 years, now more than £1,200. The first thing you should do to cut your bills is switch to the cheapest energy provider. Then just start using less.

Key improvements could pay for themselves – change your boiler, change your bulbs, reduce your temperature, use less.`

  • Understand your heating system and how to set it
  • Change to the correct programmer, room thermostat and radiator valves
    • Schedule your heating and hot water to go on and off when you need it
    • Set the temperature for each room
    • Heat only the areas you need and
    • You will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions
  • Install a smart thermostat
  • Turn down your thermostat
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder
  • Switch off standby appliances at the plug
  • Check for gaps around your doors, windows, floor, and chimney
  • Top up your loft insulation from 100mm to 270mm
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Replace all your old bulbs with LEDs
  • Install a new boiler
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature 30C
  • Be wiser with water
  • Reduce your washing each week
  • Wash larger loads
  • Fill your kettle with only the water you need
  • Be quicker in the shower (just 1 minute less)
  • Fit an eco-shower head
  • Invest in double glazing

Which appliances cost most money to run?

Washing machine: £22

Kettle: £23

Hob: £31

PC: £33

Electric oven: £39

Dishwasher: £40

Tumble dryer: £53

Fridge freezer: £58

Plasma TV: £89

Electrical appliances, like TVs, laptops and phone chargers don't use electricity if plugged-in but not being used: False

All older light bulbs can be swapped for energy saving versions: False

A PC in 'screensaver' mode uses less energy: False

It is cheaper to do your washing at night: True

  • Try washing before 4pm or after 7pm. Many energy companies charge extra for electricity during their peak hours
  • Winter weather drives demand for electricity earlier in the morning, so wash your clothes late at night
  • In summer run your washer early in the morning. Energy use peaks on hot afternoons.

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