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Ways to Save Energy in the Home

There are many simple ways to save energy in the home.

By saving warm air you will use less energy to heat your home

  • Draught-proof doors, windows and inactive chimneys
  • Add insulation in your loft and walls
  • Smart heating controls enable you to control your heating when you’re not at home
  • By turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree you can save energy and around £60 a year (source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • Heat only the rooms that need heating
  • Where possible replace any old light bulbs with LEDs, which are much more efficient
  • Turn off any lights when you’re not in the room
  • Smart meters can be a useful way to monitor your usage. See how much energy you use with, for example, different lighting – does your main light or a lamp use less energy?

  • Buy electrical goods with a high energy rating
  • Don’t leave TVs etc on standby, turn them off at the plug. The average UK household spends £35 a year powering appliances left on standby (source: Energy Saving Trust)

Reduce your hot water usage

  • A water efficient shower head reduces the amount of hot water used (not for electric showers)
  • And by spending one minute less in the shower each day you can save up to £8 a year off your energy bill per person (source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • Using a washing up bowl uses less hot water than washing up under a running tap
  • Set your washing machine and dishwasher to the most economical settings and only wash when you have a full load to save putting it on more times than you need to
  • Don’t overfill the kettle. You will use less energy by just boiling the amount of water you need.
  • If you boil the kettle regularly for hot drinks, why not put some boiling water in a thermos to save putting the kettle on for your next drink

Useful Links

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Get Creative

Make a simple door draught excluder using old denim jeans and fabric or towels you no longer want (duration: 0:36)

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