Savvy tips for energy saving

Savvy tips for energy saving

There are lots of things you can do to your home to help save energy and reduce those ever increasing bills.


1. Switch it off

A typical household could save between £45 and £80 a year by just turning off appliances left on standby. Most electrical items can be switched off at the plug without upsetting their systems although some digital and satellite recorders may need to be left on standby to record set programmes. And remember to turn off any lights in rooms that aren’t in use.


2. In the kitchen

By following the tips below you could save approximately £43 a year.

  • Wash at 30°C unless it’s dirty – turn your washing machine temperature down as modern washing powders/liquids are designed to work at lower temperatures, saving you about £6 a year.
  • Fill a washing up bowl instead of leaving the hot water tap running could save you £30 a year.
  • Only fill the kettle up with the amount of water that you need to boil, saving you on average £7 a year.


3. In the bathroom

By fitting a water-efficient shower head it is estimated that an average family of four could save up to £65 a year on gas (for heating water) as well as a further £95 on water bills (if a water meter is fitted (1). Some water companies are giving water-efficient shower heads away for free so it may be worth contacting them. Also by fitting a water displacement device in your toilet cistern is a simple way to save water.

(1)    Based on just under 20 showers a week and by replacing a 13 litre/minute power shower head with a 7.7 litre/minute water efficient shower head. Water used charged at £2.89 per cubic meter and includes sewage charge.


1. Draught –proofing

Heat can be lost in numerous ways via draughts around doors and windows, gaps around skirting boards, cracks in floors, up chimneys, etc, especially if your house isn’t new. The easiest way to combat this is to fit proper draught-proofing products, which could cost up to £200 but could save you between £20-30 a year in a draughty home.


2. Heating controls

Controlling your heating is another way to reduce costs. By imply installing a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £70-£150 a year on your heating costs. And if it’s too warm, just turn down your room thermostat by just one degree and you could save approximately £75.


3. Loft insulation

The recommended minimum depth of loft insulation is about 270mm (ten inches), with approximately 26% of all heat loss in an uninsulated home being through the roof, so it may pay to check your levels of insulation and even consider topping it up. An uninsulated home could save up to £150 by having the full 270mm of insulation fitted, or by topping up from 100mm to 270mm could save approximately £15 a year.


4. Energy saving light bulbs

By changing all the old-fashioned light bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and all halogens to LEDs, it would cost an average household £110 but save them around £45 a year.



1. Cavity wall insulation

Most houses built after 1920 will have cavity walls where the external walls are made up of 2 layers of brick with a gap between. By having cavity wall insulation to fill the gap could save you up to £145 a year. With the average installation costs being £450-£500, this could pay for itself within 4 years.


2. Double glazing

By replacing single glazed windows with double glazing could save about £180 a year on heating bills.


3. Renewable energy

With the average cost of electricity going up and the cost of installing electricity generating solar PV panels going down, now could be a good time to invest in solar PV. Even though the Feed in tariff for solar PV generated electricity is reducing, a typical 4kWP panel could produce and save you £750 a year. Other renewable heating technologies are also available and may suit your needs and location like air source heat pumps, wood-fuelled heating, hydroelectricity, wind turbines, etc.


4. Energy performance makeover

There are many schemes available to help finance energy saving improvements and for guidance of what’s available it’s worth calling the Energy Saving Advice Service or visiting their website


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