Top 10 tips for saving energy in your home

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Being energy efficient can make a big difference to the cost of your energy bill. It doesn’t always need a big investment in time or money to make sure you’re wasting less energy and saving more.

These are our top 10 tips to help you save money on your energy bills:

Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t need on.

If they have a standy-by light, a display or are hot to the touch they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.

See more tips to be energy efficient without spending a penny.

Turning your boiler down won’t always save money.

If you have a room thermostat then it’s best to turn your boiler to its maximum setting, if you don’t it’s best to set your boiler as low as you’re comfortable with.

Find out the truth behind other common energy saving myths.

Washing at a lower temperature will use less electricity.

Washing at 30ºC rather than 40ºC can save you a third of the cost to run the cycle.

Watch our video for more ideas to save money around the kitchen.

Try using a pressure cooker.

Cooking a roast chicken in a pressure cooker takes approximately half the time it would need in an oven, and it’s especially good if you like your roast falling apart. As an optional extra you can crisp it up a bit by putting it in the oven for around 15 minutes afterwards.

Keep out draughts around your home.

Try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative to double glazing. Film for 4 windows should cost around £8.

See our video tips on draught proofing your home for under a tenner.

Insulating your home can save you money.

Loft insulation can save up to £140[1] a year off your energy bills and cavity wall insulation can save up to £160[1] a year.

Find out more

Think ahead when setting your heating.

Set your heating to come on 15-30 minutes before you need it on, and off 30 minutes before you go to bed.

See how to set up your heating to get the most from it.

If you have storage heaters, make sure you’re using them efficiently.

Keep the input constant at the amount you need, but turn the output down to a minimum when you don’t need the heating on or turn it off at the wall.

See our video guide to setting up electric storage heaters.

Check the energy label to make sure you’re buying an efficient product.

Buying an energy efficient fridge and freezer could make as much as £71[2] difference compared to an inefficient model. Size is an important factor so decide how big your appliance needs to be and then compare the efficiency.

Find out more about the savings you can make by buying efficient appliances.

Using central heating is often cheaper than heating one room with a gas fire.

You can test this yourself by comparing your meter readings using the two methods.

Find out more about how to check.

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