Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips to help make your home more efficient and cost effective.

Saving energy is great for the environment and can help you save money, but with so many options to choose from it can be confusing to know where to start. We’ve put together ten top tips from small lifestyle changes to bigger energy saving initiatives to help save energy in your home.

1. Turn it off

By turning off electrical and electronic appliances that aren’t in use, you could save on average £30 a year.

2. Use appliances more carefully

By using appliances in a more sensible way, you could save around £36 a year. To help lower bills:

  • Do one less washing cycle a week - saving you £5 a year on energy
  • Use a bowl to wash dishes instead of leaving a tap running – saving £25 a year
  • Only fill your kettle with the correct amount of water you wish to use – saving around £5 a year

3. Shower usage

If your shower takes water straight from your boiler or hot water tank, instead of from an electric shower, you may want to consider fitting a water efficient shower head - this may save you around £75 a year on gas and £120 on metered water, for a family of four.

4. Draught excluders and silicone

Could help you to protect your home from draught, from windows, doors, gaps in the flooring and the chimney. You could save on average £15 a year by using a Chimney draft excluder.

5. New heating controls

Set your boiler correctly, no matter how old is it, it could save you money, if you:

  • Set your heating to switch on and off when you need it
  • Only heat areas you use
  • Manage the temperature of each room

By installing a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valve, you could save on average £75 a year, on your property.

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6. Loft insulation

You could make your home warmer by installing at least 270mm of loft insulation or topping up existing insulation from 120mm to 270mm, this may help to save money by lowering your heating bills during the year.

7. Lighting

LED spotlights are a more energy efficient way of lighting your home and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings. Living in an averaged sized home, you could save roughly £35 a year if you replaced all old-fashioned bulbs with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), and all halogens with LED’s.

8. Wall insulation

Depending on when your home was built you may have either cavity or solid walls. By insulating your walls you could save money - keeping in heat and saving energy. The cost of insulation can vary depending on what walls you have - solid, cavity or non standard and if you need external or internal insulation.

9. Renewable technology

Is energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished, such as sunlight, wind and rain. The energy that comes from the sun for example can be collected from solar panels and can then be used to provide energy for your home.

Solar panels savings depend on how much time you spend in your home. Installation and system sizes vary so it’s important to get at least three quotes from accredited installers – installation can cost around £5,000 and £8,000. It’s worth exploring renewable heating technologies, not only will your house save energy, it may also receive additional income for the energy produced.

There is currently a government's FIT Scheme which launched to encourage people to use more renewable energy, visit the gov.uk website and see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

10. Increasing your homes energy performance

There are a number of ways you can improve the energy performance of your home; you could insulate walls and floors, upgrade windows and doors or add a new heating system. Although you may incur some costs, you may also be eligible to benefit from a government grant to help finance some of these improvements.

You may also be interested in our Home Insurance. Your mortgage lender will usually insist that buildings cover is in place and adding contents cover can give added peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home and possessions inside.

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Source

Energy Saving Trust