There are many things you can do to keep your energy bill down and make your home warmer without turning up the heating. Here are a few tips:
- When you put the kettle on, only boil the amount of water you need.
- Turn off computers and other electrical devices when you’re not using them. On average, IT equipment accounts for 13% of people’s electricity bills.
- Energy-saving light bulbs can save you lots of money over time. Even turning lights off for a short period will save energy, so it’s a good idea to always turn the lights off whenever you’re not using a room.
- Keep the heat in by shutting doors and windows in the rooms you use the most.
- Don’t cover radiators with curtains or furniture, and seal gaps around doors wit draft excluders.
For more tips on making your home warmer and more energy efficient and saving money, visit energysavingtrust.org.uk
Fitting insulation to your home is a big step but could help you make significant savings. The better a home is insulated, the less money will be needed to heat it. Consider insulation for your loft, walls and even draft proofing or new windows. All of the major fuel companies also provide either free or discounted insulation. Many local authorities also have schemes.
Contact the Energy Saving Trust for information on schemes in your area.
In some parts of the UK, there are independent advice centres that can offer tailored advice on making your home warmer. They may even be able to visit you in your home. Your council can advise you if there is an energy advice centre in your area. Examples of local advice centres include the Severn Wye Energy Agency in south west England and Wales and Tadea in North East England.