Energy saving tips
for your home

9 simple ways to reduce your energy usage around the home and keep your bills low.

Keep your bills low

We want to save you money by keeping your energy bills low. Making sure that you're always on a great value tariff is just one way to do this, another is by simply using less energy.

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Are you a mad hatter
about your tea?

Only filling the kettle with the amount of water you actually need for your cuppa rather than a full kettle each time, will reduce your usage by 50%.

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Can you be-freeze it?

Your fridge-freezer alone can make up 20% of your energy bill. Build up in layers of ice reduces its efficiency and therefore will require much more energy to keep it cool. Defrosting your freezer regularly will keep your fridge- freezer efficient and will help to keep its usage to a minimum.

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Be cool

Washing at 30°C rather than at higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy. Washing with a full load can reduce the number of washes you need, or if you do run smaller washes use a reduced load programme.

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Lights out

Turning appliances off when they are not in use (rather than standby) and turning lights off in unused rooms could save you nearly £90 a year!

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Like clockwork

Your heating is by far the biggest contributor to your energy bill. Program your central heating so that you only have it on when you actually need it.

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Not just a load of hot air

Don't block or cover your radiators. Anything getting in the way of the heat filling the room lowers the effectiveness of the radiators. This will mean that they'll have to work that much harder for the same effect.

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It's a breeze

Cut the drafts. Simple steps can help your home retain heat better. Draft proof strips around the window and door frames could save you £50 per year.

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Here's a bright idea

Switch your old inefficient light bulbs to cheaper-to-run energy-saving ones. The latest energy efficient bulbs are more than 4 times more efficient than the standard ones. If you replaced 10 old light bulbs over to the new energy efficient ones, you could save £70 per year.

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Look for the labels

When replacing fridges, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers look for the energy efficiency certificates. An A- rated appliance could save you more than £13 a year.