How you save money on your energy bills
While we always help you find the best tariff for your needs, following the tips below will help you minimise your energy consumption and save even more money.
In the kitchen
- Only boil the amount of water you need for a hot drink, instead of filling up the kettle.
- Boil the kettle for cooking instead of heating water on the stove – this will save time and is more energy efficient.
- Keep your pan lids on while cooking – you’ll save time as well as money and it will also reduce condensation build up in your home.
- Defrost food overnight in the fridge rather than using the microwave.
- When you’re washing, make sure that the machine is full so you don’t waste energy on a load. Cutting back by just one cycle a week will save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills. Setting the temperature to 30°C or using energy saving mode can also reduce the amount of energy you use.
- Turn down the heating a bit. When you reduce your thermostat by just 1°C, you could save £85 – 90 or 10% per year.
- When it’s a sunny day open the curtains to allow the heat in and close them at night, ensuring that they don’t cover the radiators to reduce heat escaping through the window.
- Make sure your heating and hot water are only on when needed – if it’s very cold use your timer to set your heating to come on earlier and go off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
- Close internal doors to keep heat in the rooms you are using, and turn your radiators down or off in unused rooms.
- Pull furniture away from radiators or heaters to allow the heat to circulate around your room.
- Check for draughts around windows and doors. Draught-proofing materials are cheap and you can buy them at your local DIY store.
- Make sure your boiler is serviced annually.
Other energy advice
- Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £15 on your annual electricity bill.
- Switch all of your light bulbs to energy saving LEDs as they use less electricity and should last much longer than older style light bulbs.
- Properties built after 1920 could benefit from cavity wall insulation. Without this insulation, up to a third of heat can escape. By having the gap in the brickwork filled, you could save up to £135 a year.
- Check energy efficiency labels when replacing appliances like fridges and washing machines. The more efficient the machine, the more money you could save.
- Turn appliances off instead of leaving them on standby – you could save £30 a year!
- Electrical goods like laptops and phones can still use energy when fully charged, so make sure you unplug them once they’re charged up.
- If you have an economy 7 meter, set appliances with timers for the cheaper night rates.
Source: Energy Saving Trust
Get more help
There may be financial help available for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home and make it warmer, more comfortable and cheaper to run.
If you live in Southampton or Hampshire you can contact local charity, the Environment Centre (tEC), on 0800 804 8601 for advice and information - let them know CitizEn Energy put you in touch.
If you live outside of Southampton and Hampshire you can contact your local authority to see what help is available in your area.