Updated: Apr 27
Weather your rent, are a home owner, student, live at home with your family there are many simple things your can do to save energy and reduce you utility bills.
Here is a list of potential savings
Potential savings per person
1. Switch off standby mode £30.00
2. Use a bowl for washing up £25.00
3. Do one less wash a week £5.00
4. Only fill the kettle with what you need £6.00
5. Fit a water efficient shower head £18.00
6. Spend 1 minute less in your shower £7.00
7. Draught proof doors and windows £20.00
8. Install a chimney draught excluder £15.00
9. Use smart heating controls £75.00
10. Turn your thermostat down 1 degree £80.00
11. Replace all light bulbs with LED lights £35.00
12. Turn off your lights £14.00
Understand your utility bill is key. this can help you get to grips with your usage
Turn things off standby, TV, Computer are just a couple. You can get a Standby Saver which will allow you to turn off all your appliances in one go!
Take care in the kitchen
Only fill the kettle with what you need
Be sure your washing machine is full do not run part loads
Use a bowl for washing up
After cooking, leave the oven door open to allow the heat into the room
Get a shower head
If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower), fit a water efficient shower head. This will reduce your hot water usage while retaining the sensation of a powerful shower.
A water efficient shower head could save a four person household (e.g. a family of four or even a shared student flat) as much as £70 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £115 a year on water bills if they have a water meter.
Spend less time in the shower
Get all your soap and shampoo ready, get those clothes off before you turn the shower on
Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney.
Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save around £20 a year on energy bills. DIY draught proofing can be much cheaper.
Installing a chimney draught excluder could save around £15 a year as well.
Make sure doors and windows are closed when the heat is on.
Clothes the curtains at dust, helps keep the heat in!
Control your heating
More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water.
Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you around £75 a year.
If you already have a full set of controls, turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £80 a year.
Whatever the age of your boiler the right controls will allow you to:
Set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need them, Heat only the areas of your home that need heating Set the temperature for each area of your home. For more information on heating systems and the cost of installing one visit Happy DIY Home at https://happydiyhome.com/cost-of-installing-central-heating/
Use LED Light Bulbs
You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings.
If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills.
Turn those light off!
When you leave a room, turn the light off!
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light.
This will save you around £14 a year on your annual energy bills.
For more energy saving tips visit the Energy Saving Trust https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/