Using less energy   

What are the best energy saving tips? 

The savings illustrated here are from the Energy Savings Trust. 


  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them. 
  • Fit energy saving light bulbs as they last longer than ordinary light bulbs – this could save £30 a year. 
  • Turn off TVs, PCs, and games consoles from the plug socket. Don’t use standby as this uses energy – this could save you £35 a year. 
  • Where possible buy home appliances rated ‘A’ or higher. These use less energy and will save you money. 
  • Wash your clothes at no more than 40 degrees. Any higher is a waste of money. 
  • Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently. 
  • Speak to your energy supplier about getting a Smart Meter installed to watch your usage. 
  • Only boil the water you need in your kettle. 
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature. 


  • Turn radiators down using TRVs (thermostatic radiator valve).  It’s better to have your home heated consistently at a lower temperature than inconsistently at a higher temperature. Turning down your thermostat by one degree could save £55 a year. 
  • When your heating is on, close windows and doors.  This allows you to use the minimum amount of energy it takes to heat your home.   


  • Fix any dripping taps or leaks to make sure you don’t pay for water you don’t need. 
  • Take a shower rather than a bath. This uses far less water. 
  • Place a hippo/cistern bag in the cistern to reduce the amount used when you flush. 
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. 
  • Wash your vegetables in a bowl and use the left-over water to water your plants 
  • Use a bowl to wash up rather than running the tap.