Low cost measures

There are lots of things you can do at home to save energy that won’t break the bank. 

Not only will you save money but you’ll be reducing your home’s carbon dioxide emissions and helping to fight climate change.

Replacing just one of your light bulbs with a low energy light bulb can reduce your lighting costs by up to £45 over the lifetime of the bulb and it will last around 10 times longer than an ordinary light bulb.  Advances in technology means that energy saving light bulbs are now available in a wide variety of fittings, shapes and sizes.  And why not install a ‘soft tone’ bulb to give your room a cosy glow!

Insulating your hot water pipes will cost between £5 and £10 and save you around £10 per year, which means you should recover the cost of fitting within a year.

If your tank is not insulated, fit a BS Kitemarked insulating jacket, 75mm or 3 inches thick, around your hot water tank. It will save you around £40 a year – and as it will cost around £12 to buy, will pay for itself in well under a year.

Draughtproof doors, windows, letterboxes and even keyholes. Remember to seal those gaps around skirting boards and between floorboards. Simple draught proofing could save around £30 a year on heating bills and 150kg of CO2.

Fit a room thermostat and set it to between 180C and 210C depending on the room it is located in. Did you know that reducing the temperature by one degree can cut your bills by as much as 10% and save you around £65 per year and 290kg of CO2.

If you haven’t got one already, fit a shower – it will use about half the hot water a bath does and will save around £10 per annum! However, beware, many power-showers will use more water than a bath if you shower for more than five minutes.

Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth – a running tap wastes over six litres per minute.

Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need. Heating water is expensive. There is no need to fill the kettle up to the top each time you boil it. Boiling a kettle half-full instead of full four times a day could save you enough electricity to run a TV set for four hours.

Reflective radiator panels are cheap to buy, easy to install and trap heat that would otherwise drift through the wall, reflecting it inwards where you want it. These panels slot neatly behind your radiator wall panels, and are fixed into place on the wall. You can cut them to fit perfectly behind each radiator and, at £20 for approximately 10 reflective panels, you should start saving money immediately.  If your budget doesn't stretch to these panels you can try using ordinary kitchen foil.