Changing your 40W light bulb to a new energy-efficient 8W could cut your energy usage by around 20 per cent. Also, turning off lights that don’t need to be on is an easy money-saver.
Wash for less
According to the Energy Saving Trust, if just once a week a family of four opts for a five-minute shower instead of a bath, it could save up to £25 a year on their gas bill. And if you spend a minute less, then you could save an additional £7 per person every year. Consider changing your shower head to an eco version, too. A family of four can save around £74 a year on gas and £120 on water (if they have a meter).
Monitor your energy
By 2020, every home in England, Scotland and Wales will have a smart meter, which will show you how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence. Smart thermostats are also available, such as Nest and Hive, which give you maximum flexibility when it comes to managing your heating. You can even control your heating when you’re out, using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
If you’re not planning to move in the near future, then it may be worth looking at more longer-term energy-saving solutions. Solar panels can make you money in the long run (you’ll save about £70 on your electricity bill each year), as well as giving you free energy. Re-insulating your home is another good investment, as is replacing your boiler if it’s getting old. Look online for information on grants that are available.