Energy efficiency

 

There are lots of things you can do to cut back on how much electricity and gas you use. You could save up to £300 a year by following these simple money saving tips and advice... 

 

How can I save money on my energy bills?

 

Would you like to save nearly £300 a year on your energy bill? If you follow these simple tips, you could keep that money in your own pocket to spend on other things.

 

Before we get into the real savings, you need to make sure you’re only charged for the energy you’ve used by submitting regular meter readings on your online account. If you have a smart meter, you won’t need to submit a reading as we’ll receive these automatically.

 

There are lots of simple changes you can make to cut back on how much electricity and gas you use around your home.

 

Here are our top tips to help reduce your energy usage and how much you spend:

 

Turn off standby

 

Leaving appliances like TVs on standby wastes energy. When you’re not using them, turn them off at the mains. All those little red lights could be costing you £30 a year.

 

In the kitchen

 

When you’re washing up, use a bowl Instead of running the tap. And if you’re making yourself a cup of tea, only boil the amount of water you need instead of filling the kettle to the top. Limiting the amount of water you heat up in the kitchen could save you £31 a year.

 

In the shower

 

Showering uses less hot water than having a bath, but you can still save more. Change your shower head to a water efficient one and spend a minute less in the shower.  This could save you as much as £77 a year.

 

Draught proofing

 

Blocking gaps to stop drafts is a simple way to improve your home’s heat retention. By putting draft proof strips around windows and door frames you could save around £20 a year.

 

Heating

 

Heating your home and water contributes to over half of your fuel bill. Adjust the programme on your boiler when you’re going out so you don’t use energy unnecessarily. If you turn down your room thermostat one degree you could save around £75 a year.

 

Replace your light bulbs

 

If you’re still using old fashioned incandescent light bulbs, switch them for either Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and you could save about £35 a year. These are available in all shapes, sizes and fittings and are much more effective than the first generation of power saving bulbs.

 

Turn off lights

 

When you leave a room, turn its lights off. Getting into this habit will save you around £15 a year.

 

Estimated savings source: Energy Saving Trust, March 2019

 

Even bigger savings

 

Following those simple tips could make quite a difference to how much you pay for energy. If you can afford it, there are range of home improvements that could make an even bigger difference. It will cost much less to heat your home if you insulate your roof or loft, walls, under the floorboards and hot water pipes and install double glazing.

 

Where can I get independent advice about energy?

 

The Energy Saving Trust

 

An independent, leading and trusted organisation that offers free and impartial energy saving advice.

 

Simple Energy Advice

 

Developed in conjunction with the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, provides bespoke energy efficiency advice for your home.

 

Citizens Advice

Phone: 03454 04 05 06

The official source of free, independent energy advice and support to get help with an energy problem.

Download the Citizen Advice ‘Know your rights’ information document by clicking here.

 

Switch today to start saving on your energy bills