How to save energy
The energy saving tips below give you some tools and tactics that will help you save gas and electricity at home. We have included estimated figures from the Energy Saving Trust to illustrate the potential energy savings that you could make.
1. Turn off standby appliances
- Turn appliances off at the plug to save an average of £30 a year. Households with more gadgets could see annual savings reach between £50 and £80.
- Use plug sockets that can be turned on and off via your phone, to make sure you switch unused appliances off. You could use cheaper timer plugs to schedule turning appliances off.
2. Install a smart thermostat
- Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using.
- They learn how long it takes to heat your home, so they can have it at the right temperature at exactly the right time.
- They can also be controlled by your phone, which means you won’t have to come back to a cold home.
- Smart thermometers can cost a few hundred pounds, but the leading models could save customers as much as a third on their heating bills.
- If you installed room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £150 a year.
3. Turn down your thermostat
- Almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by heating and hot water costs.
- Turning your heating down by just one degree could save up to £75 a year, if you have all the controls listed in the previous point.
4. Buy efficient appliances
- Throwing out a perfectly good appliance won’t save you much money, but when it is time to swap, going for one with a high energy-efficiency rating can be worth the investment.
- An electric oven with the new A+ efficiency rating will use around 40% less energy than a B-rated oven.
- A modern, efficient dishwasher will typically cost around £8 less a year to run compared to an older model.
- An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £190 in energy bills over its 10-year lifetime compared to an A+ model.
5. Install a new boiler
- You can save energy by upgrading your old boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls.
- Based on fuel prices in April 2017, a detached house upgrading from a G-rated boiler could save up to £320 a year.