Reduce Your Bills

Save energy, save money, save the planet

At Co-op Energy, we believe that everyone should try to save energy where they can, to help look after the world we live in.

But as we all know, the planet isn’t the only thing that benefits when we look at new ways to save energy. Because when you reduce your energy usage, you can reduce your energy bills too.

Simply keep on scrolling to see 5 of the best ways to save on energy bills.

Ways to save energy

Tweak your habits

Looking for free ways to save energy? These tiny changes take seconds to do and require almost no effort, but they can make a big difference to your energy bills.

  1. Turn your thermostat down by 1°C    
    Save £85-£90 a year
  2. Only fill up the kettle with the amount of water you need
    Save £20 a year
  3. Regularly defrost your freezer
    Save £100 a year
  4. Use a washing up bowl rather than running the tap
    Save £30 a year
  5. Switch your washing machine temperature from 60°C to 30°C and dry your clothes outside
    Save £33 a year
  6. Only switch on your dishwasher when it has a full load
    Save £75 a year
  7. Reduce the time you spend in the shower by one minute
    Save £10 a year
  8. Switch off electronics rather than leaving them on standby
    Save £80 a year

(Source: Winter is coming: 10 easy ways to save on your energy bill)

Upgrade your stuff

If you’ve ever wondered “How much can I save by switching to LED lights?” you’re in the right place. These cheap ways to make your home more energy efficient are quick and easy to do – and most only require a small swap or upgrade. Do it yourself or call in a professional – either way, your energy bills could go down significantly.

  • Fit a water-efficient shower head
    Save £80-£100 a year
  • Switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs and turn off lights when you leave the room
    Save £45-£50 a year
  • Install a chimney draft excluder
    Save £20-£25 a year
  • Draft-proof windows, doors, cracks in floors and skirting boards
    Save £25-£35 a year
  • Install a room thermostat, programmer, and thermostatic radiator valves
    Save £75-£155 a year

(Source: Energy Saving Trust)

Insulation, insulation, insulation

If you plan on staying in your home for the long-term, investing in things like insulation and solar panels could help you make big savings over time.

Although they require more of a financial investment initially, the long-term results of these eco-friendly home improvements are well worth it. Reducing heat loss, reducing your carbon footprint, and significantly reducing your energy bills too.

  • Install loft insulation
    Save £135-£240 a year
  • Install cavity wall insulation
    Save £105-£275 a year
  • Install solid wall insulation
    Save £175-£455 a year
  • Install solid floor insulation
    Save £40-£90 a year
  • Install suspended timber floor insulation
    Save £45-£95 a year
  • Fit solar panels to your roof
    Save £260-£310 a year

(Source: How to make your home more energy efficient)

Choose your appliances wisely

We all know it’s a good idea to choose efficient electrical appliances for our homes. They can save us money on our electrical bills, and help protect the planet too. But what’s less clear is how to find out which household items are most eco-friendly.

The secret is in the multi-coloured EU efficiency label. You can find these on the following products:

  • Washing machines, washer-dryers and tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric ovens
  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • Air conditioners

On the label, all of these products will be given a rating from A+++ to D (A+++ being the most efficient). You’ll also find the item’s annual energy consumption, as well as other product-specific information (like capacity, water consumption and noise levels).

Typically, you will have to pay slightly more for better energy efficiency. But when you consider that your fridge freezer, for example, will be switched on 24/7, 365 days of the year, those efficiency savings could really make a difference to your bills.

If you want to find out more about how to choose the most energy efficient appliance, we’ve put together a quick guide of things to look out for.

Or if you’d like to start browsing products now, Co-operative Electrical offers a great range of energy efficient electrical appliances that are recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. Find out more about their full range here.

Find out if you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount is an instant way to save money on your bills when winter comes around. It’s designed to help our most vulnerable customers stay warm in the colder months, by offering a rebate of well over £100 off your bills (the exact figure changes each year).

You have to meet certain criteria to qualify for the discount. But if you’re worried about paying the bills this year, it’s definitely worth finding out if you’re eligible. 

 

Learn more about how to reduce energy consumption

At Co-op Energy, we have a whole host of resources to help you save energy and money.

But don’t worry, it’s not all about reading reams and reams of information. Because we’ve also created a series of fun animated guides, starring Oakstaff and Periwinkle, to show you how to make everyday activities more energy efficient.

Check them out here: