How to save energy

So energy bills are rising, it seems they'll stay that way. Time for a bit of honesty, how much of this expensive energy are you using, and how much are you wasting? Probably a lot more than you realise! Here's some of the easiest and smartest things you can do right away to start saving energy (and the ££s).

  • Insulate your loft

Adding insulation to your loftspace is a bit of a no-brainer. It immediately starts saving you money, and in some cases the installation costs can be met by a grant from your local authority. Check out our factsheet on loft insulation for more details.
  • Fit energy saving light bulbs
In less than a year they'll have paid for themselves and will be saving you cash. New designs are much better these days, so check out our energy saving light bulbs at some unbeatably low prices! We also have a factsheet explaining the different bulbs on the market and how to choose the right one for you, as well as a more detailed look at the types of spotlights currently available.
  •  Invest in a smart meter
The next generation of gas and electricity meters which will help to reduce your energy use, lower your bills, and cut your carbon emissions.  Find out more. . . .
  • Turn down your thermostat

Do you really need to walk around the house in T shirts? We're not suggesting you make yourself chilly, but just by turning your thermostat down by one degree could save you up to 10% of your heating bill.


  • Turn things off !

Your TV and video on standby may a cliche but it certainly wastes a whole lot of energy. And don't forget about lights too - try and just get into the habit of turning them off when you don't need them. You can get standby systems that help you to turn off appliances left on standby.


  • Buy energy efficient appliances

Tot up the energy used by your fridge, freezer, kettle, iron, microwave, TV, video, DVD player and hifi, and you're looking at a fairly big chunk of the energy you use. All appliances aren't born equal - find out more from the Energy Saving Trust.
  • Put foil behind your radiators

May sound a bit low-tech, but fitting aluminium foil behind any radiators that are on outside walls will help to reflect the heat into the room, rather than out of it, and is likely to save you at least a tenner a year off your heating bills. Specially designed radiator insulation foil is also available that is easier to install. 


  • Hunt out the draughts

Fitting simple rubber foam or brush strips to your doors and windows will stop those chilly draughts, and could also save you at least another £10 a year on your heating.


  • Make sure your immersion heater is insulated

If you've got an immersion hot water tank, make sure it has foam or other insulation on it. If not, get a simple insulating jacket for it from a DIY shop and you'll save a tenner a year.