Not everything that saves energy or reduces fuel use requires major investment. Nor is heaps of up-front cost needed to make long-term cash savings. There are a number of steps you can take at home and how you get about that will save energy and money.

To help you out, we’ve compiled five ways you can make some sustainable changes that will bring results without breaking the bank or requiring a complete lifestyle overhaul.

Check this general advice on home energy efficiency or read on for specific cost-saving tips.

1. Better behaviours beat the bills

Before considering cost, there is plenty you can do to be more energy efficient at home and save money while you’re doing it. Switch off standby on all your appliances and devices? £30 saved every year. Turning off the lights when you’re not in a room? another £14. Turning your thermostat down one degree can save around £80, and while the £6 saving from not overfilling the kettle isn’t going to give you enough for a lavish existence, it’s still worth doing.

2. Water saving is a winner

The cost of what goes down your drain is significant, especially when you factor in the energy needed to heat water. Tackling water wastage and water heating efficiency can bring serious savings: upgrading a shower head to a water-efficient model may not seem like much of a change but can create savings of £185 per year for a family home with a water meter. Other changes add up too: using a bowl to wash plates and cutlery rather than leaving the hot tap running can save £55 in combined gas and metered water bills while insulating your hot water cylinder can save £18.

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