If you've already switched energy supplier and are getting a great price on your home electricity and gas, these simple home energy saving tips could help make your energy payments even cheaper. Doing two or three of these small things could add up to some fairly major savings, all you have to do is invest a little time. If you haven't yet found the cheapest deal for your gas and electricity, just pop your postcode into the box on your right...
It might be obvious, but by wearing some extra layers you can turn the heating down. It’ll help you reduce your home energy costs and you can bask in the warmth of knowing you've reduced your carbon footprint, so all's good.
Installing a thermostat to monitor temperature in a room could reduce your home gas bill by £70 per year and your carbon footprint by 280kg.
If everyone in the UK turned their TV’s off overnight instead of leaving them on standby, it would save £66million across the UK on home energy bills. The amount of energy used while on standby depends on the appliance, you can be certain though that turning it off at the wall rather than leaving it on standby will save you money on your home energy payments.
This is a really simple way of reducing the cost of your home energy bill. If you’re not using a phone or laptop charger, unplug it. The amount of energy they use depends on the individual charger, but if you have a few plugged in around your house 24 hours a day the cost of them will start to add up. One way to check is to feel how warm they are, the more heat the less efficient the charger is, and the more energy it’s wasting.
Remember to bleed your radiators regularly and defrost your freezer every 6-12 months. This will help keep both as energy efficient as possible, and reduce your home energy bills.
Caulk up any holes or cracks in door and window frames to trap the warm air inside. It’ll help save money on your gas bill as your home won’t be cooling down as quickly thanks to the cold outside air.
Try to avoid putting furniture in front of the radiator as it’ll absorb heat and make your radiator less efficient at heating the room. Having radiators underneath windows may also be less efficient if you don’t have double glazing, as rising heat will be lost through the window.
If you decide to light the fire over winter, or when you just have the heating on, you don’t need to heat the whole house (Remember the saying 'were you born in a barn'?). By shutting the doors, the warmth will stay trapped in the rooms you want heated and you should see a noticeable change in the price of your home energy bill.
It may sound like a silly idea, but putting a sheet of foil behind your radiators will help reflect the heat back into your house, meaning you'll lose less through the wall.
Installing loft insulation typically costs around £250 and over the course of a year can save you £145*, so after 2 years you’ll be seeing a return on your investment. For peace of mind, you’re also reducing your CO2 emissions by 730kg per year. Cheaper alternatives are available, such as hanging some thicker drapes on your windows or putting up some plastic insulation film on your windows.
By using energy saving light bulbs, you can reduce your yearly electricity bill by £3 per bulb. It may not sound like much but even if you only have 15 bulbs in your entire house, you could save an extra £45 a year, which isn’t bad considering you just put a different box of bulbs in your shopping trolley.
After installing a thermostat, pop on your jumper and turn your heating down by a few degrees. Turning down a room thermostat by 1degree could save you around £55* a year on your home gas bill! (And reduce your carbon footprint by 230kg).
Fitting your hot water tank with a thermostat could save you up to £30 a year and reduce your carbon footprint by 130kg. Fitting an insulation jacket could reduce your home gas bill by £40 and your carbon footprint by 170kg.
Modern appliances are much more energy efficient than those that were made 10-15 years ago or more. If your fridge, freezer, microwave, or other appliance is quite old, consider replacing it. All modern appliances are given a rating on the BRFC efficiency scale to indicate how energy efficient they are.