How can I be energy efficient and reduce utility bills?

Energy efficiency is not only a key part of the battle to become greener, it can also help you save money. Below you'll find some top tips for being energy efficient.

Energy saving tips

Turn your thermostat down

Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent. You could save around £40 per year! You can also try putting on another layer of clothing before turning the heating up.

Reduce your water temperature

Is your water too hot? Your boiler thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60°C / 140°F

Close your curtains at dusk

Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.

Turn off unnecessary lights

Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Don't use standby

Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave them on charge unnecessarily. Switch unessential appliances off at the plug to prevent them draining electricity when you're not using them.

Use half-load & economy programmes on appliances

If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.

Only boil the water you need

Only boil as much water as you need, and always cover the elements of an electric kettle.

Don't let taps drip

A dripping hot water tap wastes energy, so make sure taps are fully turned off and that there are no leaks.

Use energy-saving light bulbs

Use energy-saving light bulbs. Just one can save you £100 over the lifetime of the bulb - and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs

Do a home energy check

Do a home energy check and find out how you can save up to £300 on your household. You can do this online using the Energy Saving Trust website or call 0300 123 1234.

Further information

Energy Savings Trust

Energy Savings Improvements

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Page last reviewed: 08/05/2015

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