With household bills getting bigger every year, finding cheap, easy ways to cut your costs has never been so important.
Luckily, even small changes can make a big difference to your bank balance – check out our energy efficiency infographic for simple, money-saving ideas you can try today.
In the Kitchen
- Eco Kettle: Consider replacing your standard kettle with an eco-kettle. These handy gadgets use vacuum flask technology to keep water hot for longer.
- Energy Egg & Solo Plug: Invest in an Energy Egg – this motion detector reduces your energy bills by wirelessly switching off electric appliances or lights when you leave the room. Typical Saving: Up to 30% on connected devices.
- Boiler: Around 55% of home energy costs are related to your boiler. Get yours serviced annually to make sure it is working efficiently and reduce the chance of expensive breakdowns or maintenance issues.
- Microwave: Research has shown that heating food up in a microwave rather than using the oven could save you money. Typical Saving: Uses about 50% less energy.
In the Living Room
- Chimney: Block your chimney or invest in a chimney balloon to reduce the amount of heat that is lost through your chimney. Typical Saving: Up to £153 a year.
- Radiator: Look after your radiator! Bleed radiators regularly to make sure they are working as efficiently as possible.
- Thermostat: Sometimes a small change can make a big difference. Dial your thermostat down by just 1°C to save on your heating bills. Typical Saving: Up to £60 per year.
In the Bedroom
- Cavity Wall Insulation: Take advantage of free cavity wall insulation as part of government-backed schemes. Typical Saving: Up to 15% on fuel bills.
- Light Bulbs: If you’re still using incandescent lightbulbs, it’s time to make the switch to LEDs. Typical Saving: Incandescent bulbs use up to 75% less energy.
- Plug Sockets: Unplug devices when they aren’t in use. Even if your TV is on standby it’s still using power – it all adds up!
- Windows: Natural light is free light! Take advantage of the sun during those summer months rather than automatically switching on lights.
In the Bathroom
- Shower Pressure: One high-pressure shower could use more energy than a bath – turn down your water pressure to save on those bills.
- Ditch the Batteries: Using battery-powered devices in the bathroom uses more power than mains-operated devices. Ditch the batteries, or switch to a manual razor to save on your bills.
- Dual Flush Toilet: If you’re refitting your bathroom, invest in a dual flush toilet to save on your water bills.
In the Loft
- Insulation: Invest in cavity wall insulation and loft insulation (a minimum of 270mm) to insulate your home and save on heating bills. Typical Saving: Up to £250 per year.