Quick tips for saving energy at home

Follow our tips and tricks to discover simple ways to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Whether you are a landlord, private or social tenant, student or live with your parents, there is a lot you can do.

We are all responsible for the energy we use in our homes. Take a look at our quick tips and find out how you could save up to £356 a year* on your bills.

* Savings are for a typical three bedroom gas heated house in Britain, using a gas price of 7p/kWh and an electricity price of 28p/kWh (based on April 2022 price cap ). Water savings are based on average occupancy. This household is expected to spend a total of £1,971 on energy per year, including ongoing charges. Figures updated on February 3, 2022.

Before you start

Understand your energy bill. The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing, but understanding it can help you get your home energy use under control. This video of Home Energy Scotland is a helpful guide.

01

Disable Sleep

You can save around £55 a year just by remembering to turn your devices off to sleep mode.

Almost all electrical devices can be turned off at the socket without upsetting their programming. You might want to think about getting a sleep saver or a smart plug that will allow you to turn off all your sleeping devices in one go.

Check the instructions for any devices you are unsure of. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of all the programs you want to record.

Find out which devices use the most energy in your home.

02

Draft proof windows and doors

Unless your house is very new, you will lose heat through drafts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney.

Professionally sealing windows, doors and sealing cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200 but can save around £40 a year on energy bills. DIY proofing can be much cheaper.

Learn more about reducing heat loss in the home.

03

Turn off the lights

Turn off your lights when not in use or when leaving a room. This will save you around £20 a year on your annual energy bills.

Replacing all the lights in your house with LED bulbs could help you save even more.

04

Take care of your laundry

You can save around £28 a year on your energy bill simply by using your washing machine more carefully:

  • Use your washing machine on a 30 degree cycle instead of higher temperatures.
  • Reduce the use of your washing machine by one cycle per week for a year.
05

Avoid the dryer

Avoid using a tumble dryer for your clothes: dry clothes on racks indoors if possible or outdoors in hot weather to save £55 a year.

06

Spend less time in the shower

Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes could save a typical household £65 a year on their energy bills.

07

Swap your bath for a shower

Some of us might enjoy a long soak in the tub, but swapping just one soak a week for a 4 minute shower could save you £11 a year on your energy bills.

Find out how saving water at home can help your wallet and the environment.

08

Be smart in the kitchen

Kettles are one of the most used appliances in the kitchen. But many of us will admit that we at least occasionally boil the kettle with more water than we will use.

Avoid overfilling the kettle and save £11 a year on your electricity bill.

You can also consider installing an aerator on your existing kitchen faucet to reduce the amount of water coming out without affecting how it washes or rinses. An aerator is a little gadget with tiny holes – they attach to the spout of taps and are cheap and easy to fit – and could save you £22 a year.

09

Fill your dishwasher

Only run your dishwasher when it’s full to reduce the amount of water you use. Reducing your dishwasher use by one cycle a week for a year could save you £14.

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Redo the insulation

Effective insulation of your hot water tank is important: even if you have thin spray foam or a loose 25mm liner, you can benefit from an increase in insulation to a British Standard 80mm liner. thickness, saving you £35 a year in the process.

Insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to save money on your bills.

Last update: February 3, 2022