Save energy in the home

We work with householders to encourage them to become more energy efficient and reduce their energy consumption.

You can take the following simple free energy savings measures in the home:

  • switch off lights when rooms are not in use
  • close your curtains at dusk to save heat
  • turn your central heating thermostat down by 1 degree and cut 10% off your fuel bills
  • shower instead of taking a bath
  • when boiling a kettle, only use the water you need, and use it immediately after boiling
  • when using the washing machine try to ensure that it is full
  • hang washing outside rather than using a tumble dryer
  • defrost fridges and freezers regularly
  • don't leave televisions on standby ‒ turn them off at the set

Energy efficient improvements you can make:

  • replace frequently used light bulbs with low energy bulbs ‒ you could save £10 a year for each bulb
  • when buying a new appliance, check the energy label and buy the most efficient
  • loft insulation can save 20% of your heating costs ‒ check that you have at least 270mm but the more the better
  • cavity wall insulation is suitable for many houses built after 1930 – it can save 20% of your heating costs and pay for itself within four years
  • draught proof windows and external doors
  • seal gaps between skirtings and floors
  • double glazing can reduce heat loss through windows by 50% and has the added benefit of reducing noise ‒ remember to check if you need planning permission or a building warrant
  • if you are replacing your gas, oil or solid fuel boiler consider buying a condensing boiler ‒ they cost a little more to install but are more efficient, saving money on running costs
  • upgrading heating controls with thermostatic radiator valves gives you more control over your heating
  • a hot water tank jacket (fit at least 75mm) will pay for itself within a year and is the most cost effective DIY energy saving measure

The following organisations can give advice on energy saving measures and grants: