Energy efficiency toolkit

Energy efficiency top tips

1.

Insulation

You could save £110* a year on your heating bills by installing cavity wall insulation and £145* a year by topping up the insulation in your loft. View our home insulation offer.View our home insulation offer.

2.

Heating

Turn down your thermostat by just 1°C and you'll cut your fuel bills by up to 10%. You'll notice the saving, but not the drop in temperature.

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3.

Hot water

Insulating your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket should pay for itself in months! Take a close look at your cylinder thermostat - there's no need for it to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.

4.

Lighting

Energy saving light bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and could save you £40** over the lifetime of just one bulb.

5.

Cooking

Use just enough water to cover vegetables; not a pan-full. And try using the microwave rather than the oven - that'll save money too.

6.

Washing

Washing at 30°C uses about 40% less electricity than at a higher temperature.

7.

Appliances

"A" rated appliances are the most efficient and could cut your energy use by up to a third compared to an old washing machine.

8.

Don't standby, switch off

Putting appliances on standby costs Great Britain nearly £1 billion worth of energy each year. Switch off your TV, computers and consoles and save a lot.

9.

Curtain up

Shutting the curtains, especially lined ones, will stop heat escaping through your windows.

* Energy Saving Trust under Home Insulation and Glazing (www.energysavingtrust.co.uk), 23rd April 2010. Estimated based on insulating an average gas heated semi-detached house with 3 bedrooms.

** Energy Saving Trust under Energy Saving Checklist (www.energysavingtrust.co.uk), 23rd April 2010.