Energy saving tips

Ten top tips that won't cost you anything.

  • Keep the oven door shut as much as possible – every time you open it, nearly a quarter of the heat escapes

  • Wait until you have a full load before putting on a wash. Two half-loads use more energy (and water) than one full load

  • Turn your heating down by 1 degree. You’ll hardly notice the change in temperature, but it’ll make a big difference to your heating bill

  • Make sure the heating is timed to come on only when there are people in the house

  • Buying a new TV, washing machine or dishwasher? Look out for the Energy Saving Trust recommended logo, and remember: the bigger the TV, the more energy it’ll use

  • When boiling water, only fill the kettle with as much as you’ll actually use (but make sure you cover the metal element at the base). This could save as much as £15 per year

  • Switch off standby lights on TVs, computers, X-box, etc. when not in use

  • Make sure all the lights are turned off when you go to bed, or use a low-wattage night light if you do need to leave one on

  • Use radiator valves to turn down heat in less used rooms (hallway and bedrooms). This could save as much as £70 per year

  • Put on a jumper rather than turning the heating up!