10 ways to save cash, energy and do your bit to slow down climate change.

Here are several simple measures you can do right now to save energy:

  1. Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could reduce your heating bills by almost 10 percent and usually saves over £50 annually. If you use a programmer, adjust your heating and hot water to switch on only when necessary rather than all the time.
  2. Is your water too hot? Your thermostat should be set at approximately 60°C/140°F.
  3. Draw your curtains at dusk to prevent heat from escaping through the glass and check for draughts around both windows and doors.
  4. Always switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  5. Don’t keep appliances on standby and remember not to leave computers and mobile phones on charge pointlessly.
  6. If possible, make sure the washing machine is fully stocked, as well as the tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  7. Only use as much water as is necessary (but remember to cover the elements if you are using an electric kettle).
  8. A hot water tap wastes energy if left dripping and in one week wastes enough warm water to fill half a bath, so you should fix leaking taps and make sure they are properly turned off!
  9. Use lightbulbs which are energy saving. They last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs, and using one can save you about £40 over the lifetime of a bulb. This saving could be about £65 over its lifetime if you’re switching from a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than two hours a day.
  10. Do a home energy check. Just reply to some simple questions about your house and we’ll give you a free, impartial report informing you how you can save up to £300 a year on your home’s energy bills.