Cutting down without cutting back
There are plenty of quick things you can do to help you budget, save energy, reduce your bills – and still stay comfy at home. Try them. You’ll see the difference.
Our Top Tips:
- Fancy a cuppa? Only boil as much water as you need.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking – they’ll boil faster!
- Defrost your freezer regularly.
- If you only have a small meal to heat up, using a microwave rather than an oven could save you time and energy.
- Wash your clothes at 30 degrees – it can be just as effective.
- Only run your washing machine and / or dishwasher with full loads.
- Minimise tumble-drying – hang clothes up outdoors or use a clotheshorse indoors where possible.
- Turning your central heating down by 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to as much as 10%.
- Turn your immersion heater down by 1 degree – you’ll save energy and you won’t notice the difference.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
If your home isn’t insulated, you could be losing up to 26% of your heat through the roof and 33% through the walls.
- Cavity wall insulation could save you up to £115* off your heating bill each year.
- Use draught excluders.
- Install double-glazing windows to keep the heat in – and close your curtains at night.
Heating and Hot Water
- Have your boiler serviced regularly. If the boiler’s old, it’s probably inefficient – so think about replacing it.
- Make sure your boiler has an insulating jacket.
- Feeling a bit chilly? Put on a jumper or curl up under a blanket and you’ll be less tempted to turn up the heat.
Washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers
- Wash your clothes at 30% - most powders work well at lower temperatures.
- Consider replacing your old dishwasher with a new Energy Saving Recommended model.
- Wait until you have a full load for your dishwasher or washing machine, and use the economy cycle if possible.
Smaller appliances – from kettles to radios
- Don’t leave appliances on standby – turn them off at the wall.
- Buying a new appliance? Look for the Energy Efficiency Recommended logo.
Lighting – from bulbs to bedside lamps
In most houses lighting takes up roughly 20% of the electricity bill.
- Fit energy-saving bulbs. They use up to 80% less electricity than standard ones and last around 10 times longer.
- If you’re leaving a room, remember to turn off the light. It will save energy and money.
Fridges and freezers
- Keeping the fridge full means that it doesn’t have to work as hard as there’s less empty space to keep cool.
- Buying a new fridge-freezer? Look for the Energy Saving Recommended stamp.
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