Home energy-saving tips

How you could reduce what you use at home

We asked the experts at Energy Saving Trust for simple ways to help you save energy at home, which could help your pocket as well as the planet.

1. Get to know your boiler

By reducing its temperature by just one degree, you could save around £105 a year1.

Take a look at the Energy Saving Trust’s guide to take control of your central heating.

2. Draught-proof your doors and windows

Block up any unwanted gaps in your doors and windows to help keep the heat in and cold air out – it’s one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and moneyThe Energy Saving Trust’s guide to draught-proofing includes things you can buy or make to keep out the cold air from letterboxes and keyholes.

Heavy curtains can also help to reduce heat loss – visit the Energy Saving Trust website for more information.

3. Fully load your dishwasher

Try to only use your dishwasher when it’s full to save water. By reducing your dishwasher use by one run a week, you could save £14 a year2.

4. Flick the switch

Switch all of your lightbulbs to energy efficient LEDs and you could save up to £60 a year on your electricity bills3.

Turn your lights down low or turn them off if you’re not going to be in the room. Switching off your lights when you leave the room could save you almost £25 (or £30 in Northern Ireland) a year4.

Cut down your energy bills

Check out the Energy Saving Trust’s energy savings guide for budgets ranging from £0 to £2,700.

All information and estimates provided by Energy Saving Trust are correct as of February 2024. Changes in the price of gas and electricity since the date of their estimates might affect the estimated savings. Cost and savings estimates vary depending on factors like where you live, the type of home you have, how it’s heated and the amount of work needed. This article isn’t advice and is for general guidance only - always do your own research before taking any action. If you access any of the third-party websites, you do so entirely at your own risk.

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