Energy Saving Tips

Many people face difficulties due unaffordable gas and electricity bills. Follow these top tips to see how much you could save.

Tip 1 - Insulation

Why lose up to 35% of the heat from your home through the walls and up to another 25% through the roof when you could install cavity wall and loft insulation? You could save £140 per year on your heating bills by installing cavity wall insulation and £175 a year by topping up the insulation in your loft

Tip 2 - Heating

Turn down your thermostat by just 1 degree and you can cut your fuel bills by 10%. You'll notice the saving, but not the drop in temperature

Tip 3 - Hot Water

Insulating your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket should pay for itself in months! To make further savings, nip in the shower rather than filling a bath and take a close look at your cylinder thermostat - there's no need for it to be set higher than 60 degrees centigrade/ 140 degrees farenheit.

Tip 4 - Lighting

Energy saving light bulbs last up to ten times longer than ordinary light bulbs and could save you £50 over the lifetime of just one bulb.

Tip 5 - Cooking

Keep a lid on it - the saucepan that is! Use just enough water to cover your vegetables, not a pan-full. Try using the microwave rather than the oven - that'll save money too!

Tip 6 - Washing

Washing at 30 degrees uses about 40% less electricity than washing at a higher temperature. Try to wash full loads if possible. If you can't, use a half load or economy programme instead.

Tip 7 - Appliances

Look out for the energy efficiency rating whenever you buy new appliances. "A" rated appliances are the most energy efficient and cheapest to run. Switching to an Energy Saving Recommended washing machine could cut your energy use by up to a third compared to an old washing machine.

Tip 8- Don't Stand By - Switch Off 

The lazy option costs Great Britain nearly £1 billion worth of energy each year. Stretch a little and save a lot!

Tip 9 - Curtain Up 

Shutting the curtains, especially lined ones will stop heat escaping through your windows.

Tip 10 - Fridge and Freezer Tips 

Keep your fridge at the optimum temperature of around 3-5 degrees centigrade. Load and unload your fridge as quickly as possible and don't leave the fridge door open for longer than you need to. Defrost your fridge or freezer on a regular basis to help prevent a build-up of ice. Savings of up to £200 a year have been reported just by defrosting the freezer!

All figures are from the Energy Saving Trust based on insulating a gas heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.