Save energy, save money, save the planet
We all use energy in our lives and your home is the one place where you’re likely to have the most control over your usage. With energy costs rising, saving energy is becoming increasingly important, especially as the number of energy-hungry devices we have in our homes continues to rise. In fact, between 2007 and 2013, average UK household gas and electricity bills grew by just under £400 a year – which is a 30% increase in real terms*.
(*Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change (2013), Quarterly Energy Prices March 2013)
The good news is that by making a few small changes, you can easily make your home more energy efficient, and reduce your energy bills in the process.
Ways To Save Energy
Becoming more energy efficient doesn’t have to take a lot of time, effort and money. There are a number of steps you can take, both short and long term, to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your gas and electricity bills.
The free wins: 8 ways to reduce your energy bills without spending a penny
You don’t need to spend loads of money to become more energy efficient – there are plenty of steps you can take that won’t cost you a penny.
- Turn your thermostat down by just 1°C – Save £85 - £90 a year
- Only fill up the kettle with the amount of water you need - Save £20 a year
- Regularly defrost your freezer - Save £100 a year
- Use a washing up bowl rather than running the tap - Save £30 a year
- Switch your washing machine temperature from 60°C to 30°C and dry your clothes outside - Save £33 a year
- Only switch on your dishwasher when it has a full load – Save £75 a year
- Reduce the time you spend in the shower by just one minute each day - Save £10 a year
- 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)
The affordable wins: 5 low cost ways to reduce your energy bills
If you want to take things one step further, the following are energy saving tips you can follow that involve a small investment, but offer big savings in return,
- 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
- Fit a water efficient shower head – Save £80 - £120 a year
- Switch to energy efficient LED bulbs and turn lights off when you’re not using them – Save £45 - £50 a year
- Install a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves – Save £75 - £155 a year
(Source: Energy Saving Trust)
The big wins: 6 long term investments to reduce your energy bills
If you own your home and plan on staying there for a considerable amount of time, it could be worth investing in some bigger improvements. While these will involve a larger initial investment, the long-term savings make them well worth it.
- 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
- Fit solar panels to your roof – Save £260 - £310 a year
- Install solid floor insulation – Save £40 - £90 a year
- Install suspended timber floor insulation – Save £45 - £95 a year
(Source: How to make your home more energy efficient)
If you want to find out more ways to save, check out our series of ‘be sound, save pounds’ videos. Watch and listen to Oakstaff and Periwinkle, as they give you an overview of the Top 10 Free Tips to saving up to £220 per year.
How to find the most energy efficient appliances for your home
One simple way to reduce your bills and save money is by choosing efficient electrical appliances. But sometimes, when it comes to choosing the most efficient appliances, it can be difficult knowing where to begin.
You’ll usually see an EU energy efficiency label on white goods, such as washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges, freezers, and ovens. Products will be rated from D up to A+++, with A+++ being the most efficient. The labels also include the annual energy consumption for that product, as well as product-specific information.
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.
We’re affiliated to The Co-operative Group who offer a great range of energy efficient electrical appliances that are recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. Find out more about their full range here.