How to save energy in your home
Everyone wants to save money on their energy bills and you can achieve this by introducing simple changes to your daily habits that will help you save money and make your home more eco-friendly.
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Turn it down
Turn your thermostat to a lower temperature setting.
Your water may be too hot. Cylinder thermostats shouldn't need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
Keep it closed
Stop heat escaping from windows by closing your curtains in the evening. If you're in one room for long periods, shut the door and pop a draught excluder along the bottom to keep heat in.
Turn it off
Turn off lights when you leave a room. Don't leave appliances on standby.
Only use what you need
Use the half-load or economy programme when filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher with small loads. When using an electric kettle, only boil as much water as you need.
Stop that drip
Tighten any dripping or leaking taps. A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water in a week to fill half a bath.
Low cost improvements
Draught proof your floors
Heat can escape through the floorboards and skirting boards. Minimise heat loss by using newspaper, beading or sealant to fill those gaps. See our advice on floor insulation for more help in tackling this.
Wrap it up
Treat your hot water tank to a jacket so that it stays warm longer.
Insulate your loft
This is one of the most effective ways of saving energy, and in most cases it's something you can tackle yourself.
Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when buying new appliances. Devices which feature the logo are the most efficient in their category.
Installing double glazing can dramatically cut heat loss through windows.
Fill in the gaps
As much as a third of heat loss occurs through the walls in your home.
Boost your boiler
Upgrade your gas boiler to a condensing boiler. They are more efficient, less costly to run and produce less carbon dioxide.