Nest reveals five energy saving tips every household can try to be more energy efficient.

Home energy tariffs are expected to rise in April and with the unpredictable winter weather showing no signs of stopping, it is as important as ever to keep your home as energy efficient as possible.

The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme looks to support households across Wales who struggle to keep their homes warm or cope with their energy bills due to rising costs of gas and electricity.

Nest can provide free central heating systems and insulation to help households on low incomes to keep warm and reduce the cost of their energy bills.

Launched in 2011, Nest has helped over 105,000 households through its advice and support services and 33,600 households have been helped with free energy efficiency improvements, such as central heating, a new boiler or insulation.

To be considered, Nest customers must own or privately rent their home and receive a means-tested benefit.

When it comes to saving money on your energy bills, there is plenty that can be done to bring down your monthly outgoings and leave you with more money in your pocket.

1. Cut the draughts

DIY draught-proofing your windows and doors could save you almost £20 a year.

2. Be brighter

In a typical home, replacing all bulbs with LED equivalents would cut the lighting bill by around 34%, saving around £35 each year. And turning lights off when you’re not using them would save another £15 a year.

3. Don’t stand by

By avoiding standby and turning off devices when not in use, the average household could save £30.

4. Boil it better

Only filling the kettle up with as much water as you need could save around £6 in energy bills a year.

5. Shower smarter

Spending one minute less in the shower each day could save up to £7 a year off your energy bill. With a water meter, you could save a further £12 off your yearly water and sewage bills. If everyone did this in a four-person family, that could mean a saving of £75 a year.

Ross Kirwan, Nest Operations Manager, commented: “Small changes like these tips can make a real difference to a household’s energy bill. With energy costs set to rise, now is the time for households across Wales to make some energy-efficiency changes at home. For households who struggle to heat their homes and face high energy bills, Nest is on hand with a range of advice and support.”

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