Check out the energy saving tips below courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust, to see the simple things you can do today to help save energy around your home.
1. Replace your old inefficienct boiler
Is your boiler energy efficient? If it's around 15 years old then it's probably wasting your money. Replacing your old boiler with a new high efficiency condensing boiler can save you a considerable amount of your home heating bills.
2. Turn your thermostat down
Reducing your room temperature by just 1įC could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
3. Switch to energy saving lightlbulbs
Energy saving lightbulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary lightbulbs and can save you £9 per year in electricity (and 47 kilograms of C02), or £60 over the bulb's lifetime.
4. Insulate your loft
Installing a standard 270mm layer could save you over £100 on heating bills.
5. Check your taps!
A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill a bath.
6. Don't over fill the kettle
Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the element if you're using an electric kettle).
7. Close your curtains
Always remember to close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
8. Use your washing machine more efficiently
If you're not filling up the washing machine or tumble dryer, use the half load or economy programme.
9. Ensure your kitchen appliances are working at optimum efficiency
Together, fridges and freezers are the two biggest energy consumers, so you need to ensure that you make the most of both appliances to maximise their performance. Check that doors are tightly shut and remember to dust the back from time to time to ensure easy airflow otherwise both need to work much harder to maintain their temperature.