Advice on saving money and energy

Changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on energy and fuel.

Advice on saving energy

There are many ways you can save energy in your everyday life. Here are some ideas:


To improve the energy efficiency of your home and cut heating bills:

  • Turn your thermostat down by 1°C to cut your heating bill by ten per cent and your CO2 emissions by 242kg
  • Draught-proof your window frames, doors, keyholes and letterboxes to cut down up to 15 per cent of heat-loss
  • Draw curtains at night to reduce heat loss through windows
  • Turn radiators in un-used rooms down to their lowest settings
  • Bleed radiators regularly to make sure that they are working at maximum efficiency
  • Dry clothes outside or on a clothes' horse, as drying clothes on radiators causes condensation and blocks heat
  • Fit tin foil behind radiators to reflect heat into the room
  • Electricity - lighting and appliances

Choose the right appliances to save energy:

  1. Look for appliances with the highest energy efficiency rating (A++) and the Energy Saving Trust logo on recommended products
  2. Turn appliances off standby when not in use - this could save the average household up to £37 a year
  3. Switch from traditional bulbs to energy efficient bulbs - this will save you between £5 and £10 per bulb a year
  4. Only use your washing machine when you have a full load. Also, washing at 40°C uses half the energy of washing at 60°C and works just as well for most loads
  5. Dryers are one of the highest energy-using appliances in the home, so avoid them if you can by hanging washing on lines or racks. If you have no choice, wring out or spin clothes as much as you can before drying
  6. When cooking, make sure pans are on the right size hob ring and keep lids on to reduce cooking times. This could save up to 40 per cent of the heat
  7. Keep freezers full and defrost them regularly
  8. Boiling just enough water needed in your kettle could save as much as £25 a year
  9. Switch to a laptop computer - they use between five to ten times less energy than desktops
  10. Generate your own electricity. Find out more about the choices available on the Energy Saving Trust website.
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