Save Energy in Your Home - for Free!

(Source: Energy Saving Trust)

Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save you around £40 per year.

Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn't need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.

Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.

Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Don't leave appliances on standby, and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.

If you're not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme, but it's more efficient to wait until you've got a full load.

Wash your laundry at 30°C and save 40% of the energy used for higher temperature washes. (Try using eco-balls rather than laundry liquid.)

Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).

A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!

Do an Energy Saving Trust home energy check or call your local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 512012. You just answer some simple questions about your home and they'll give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your house hold energy bills.