Energy Saving Tips

Like many people you probably notice how much energy price rises affect your budget.

You could save money each year by simply choosing the most suitable energy provider and making small changes to daily habits.

Paying too much for your gas and electricity?

The difference between the cheapest and the most expensive gas and electricity supplier can be as much as £100 a year.

If you have never changed your energy supplier or compared prices, consider switching to a more competitive company and you could make huge savings with little effort.

Comparing energy suppliers on-line and switching is easier than ever. Ask these questions when comparing:

  • Are there any hidden charges?
  • Do the prices include VAT?
  • Are you eligible for any special offers, incentives or discounts?
  • What is the supplier’s complaints record?

You do not have to switch supplier to save money, paying by Direct Debit could save you around £50 a year or switching to an on-line account could save you even more.

Request a smart meter?

A smart meter will give you real time information on how much energy you use. It helps you control and manage your gas and electricity usage and can save you money and cut down emissions.  A smart meter also gives you accurate information which means no more estimated readings.

Small changes can bring big energy savings!

The biggest long-term savings will come from changing your energy habits and being more energy efficient around the home:

Heating tips!

  • Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave home and 30 minutes before you come home
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree, this can save you around £30 a year
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture that block the heat
  • Draw your curtains in the evening to keep the heat inside your rooms
  • Insulate your loft space

Electrical appliances

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs, these can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs
  • Turn off microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems and computers when not in use, they use energy when you leave them on standby.
  • Keep the fridge door closed and avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge. 
  • Regularly defrost your fridge and check the door seals.  Keep your fridge away from the oven or boiler.  If possible, keep your freezer in a cool room.

Washing machines, tumble dryers & dishwashers

  • Use a low temperature setting and only wash full loads
  • If you can, dry clothes outdoors
  • When drying clothes indoors, use a clothes rail instead of a radiator, this stops the heat from reaching the rest of the room.

Cooking

  • Use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring, this prevents heat loss.
  • Use a lid on saucepans where possible, this heats the contents faster, uses less energy and stops so much condensation in the room
  • Steamers and microwaves use less electricity

Hot Water

  • When using a kettle, only boil the water that you need.
  • Consider turning the thermostat on your hot water tank down to 60 degrees

Have a shower instead of a bath as this will use less than half the amount of water you need for a bath.