10 ways to save on energy bills
See if you could save money by comparing energy prices using our independent comparison site Which? Switch. Customers who have changed their gas and electricity supplier saved an average of £141 a year.
Already switched energy supplier? Make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff. The biggest savings are for paying by monthly direct debit, online tariffs managed on the internet or dual fuel deals, so make sure you take advantage of these options if you can.
It estimates some households could save £250 by following its personalised advice.
Monitors cost from around £30, but some gas and electricity suppliers give them away free. Read our energy monitor reviews to choose the best energy monitor for you.
Already got an energy monitor? We reveal our expert tips for getting the most out of your energy monitor.
Already turned down your thermostat? Save even more by turning down the radiators in rarely-used or empty rooms and by programming your heating to turn off when you’re not there.
Take a look at our top five tips to using your home heating controls effectively.
Remember, energy-saving light bulbs do last longer than traditional ones – most CFLs claim lifetimes upwards of 6,000 hours and LEDs around 25,000 hours, whereas traditional light bulbs last around 1,000 hours.
Read our light bulb reviews to find out which bulbs we rate as Best Buys.
Already use energy-saving bulbs? Remember to switch off lights when not in use, and use the best bulb for the size of room or the job it will do.
- Windows – use draught-proofing strips around the frame, brush strips work better for sash windows.
- Doors – use draught-proofing strips for gaps around the edges and brush or hinged-flap draught excluders on the bottom of doors.
Chimney and fireplace – if you don’t use your fireplace, use an inflatable cushion to block the chimney or fit a cap over the chimney pot.
Floorboards and skirting – as floorboards need to move, use a flexible silicon-based filler to fill the gaps.
Loft hatches – the use of draught-proofing strips will help to prevent hot air escaping.
Already repaired large draughty areas? Consider smaller holes of air such as keyholes and letterboxes.
Find out more in our guide to draught proofing.
Choosing the most energy-efficient models can result in annual savings of around £39 for a washing machine, £100 for a tumble dryer and £62 for a fridge-freezer.
Already have an energy-saving appliance? Check out our energy-saving tips for more ways to cut energy costs.
For detailed information on the savings you could make by replacing different types of boilers, read our guide to boiler efficiency. Already replaced your boiler? Make sure you’re using it efficiently. Ensure radiators are working properly and you are using the boiler programmer so the heating only comes on when you need it.
Fitting loft or wall cavity insulation could save you up to £250 a year
Laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi could trim £150 a year from energy bills, as less heat will be lost through the roof.
Insulating cavity walls can save around £145 a year and solid wall insulation, although more expensive to fit, could save you £270 in the same type of house.
Read our full loft insulation and wall insulation guides for all you need to know.
Already installed loft insulation? Even if you already have some insulation, you could save around £15 a year by topping it up from 100mm to the recommended 270mm.