Seven tips to cut your energy bills

Holly Thomas / 29 January 2015

Gas and electricity prices are coming down after the cost of oil has plummeted – but that’s no excuse to waste energy in your home.



As well as getting onto the cheapest tariff, there are ways in which you can save energy around the home. Here are some top tips to kick-start a cut to your bills, whether you live in a house, flat or bungalow.

1. Keep the warmth in

A massive 20% of your home’s heat escapes through cracks and gaps around doors and windows. Use draught excluders, well-lined curtains and make sure windows are properly sealed.

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2. Use your timer properly

Setting your central heating timer correctly is a simple and easy way to save on your energy bills. 

Fix the heating to come on for a couple of hours when you wake up to make those chilly morning showers much more bearable, and then for a couple of hours again in the evening. 

Don’t waste money by having the heating on during the day when no-one is reaping the benefits.

3. Insulate your loft

Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years and it can save you up to £250 on your energy bills each year. 

In a bungalow, it is even more essential that you install loft insulation as the larger surface area of the roof, compared to a house, will mean that heat can escape at a quicker rate. 

As a bungalow is a single-floor home, it would be a good idea to perhaps light a fire rather than putting your central heating on to heat your rooms, as the rooms will heat up quicker.

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4. Don't forget your walls

Insulating your walls properly can save you up to £460 a year on your energy bills. 

Approximately a third of all heat lost in an uninsulated home is through the walls, therefore it is important to ensure you install the correct type of wall Insulation. 

Depending on the type of walls you have, Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) or Internal/External Wall Insulation (EWI) will help reduce heat loss and keep your home warmer.

5. Switch it off

The Energy Saving Trust estimates we can save a collective £1.7 billion a year by switching electrical items off. 

Turn off lights, TVs, phone chargers and games consoles. Around 55% of households have games consoles, a quarter of over 55s have them. Three quarters of those with a spare TV keep it on standby. Most importantly, don’t think standby does the job. Off means off. 

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6. Are your appliances efficient?

Look after your most used appliances. If your fridge-freezer is 15 years or older, the chances are that it could be using more electricity than it needs to. As fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it could be worth finding models that are more energy efficient and will save you money on electricity bills. 

Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently. 

7. Replace that old boiler

The older your home, the more likely it will have an old gas boiler with no controls. Replacing your old boiler with an A-rated high efficiency boiler and full set of heating controls will significantly decrease your home’s carbon dioxide emissions and can save you up to £490 a year on your energy bills.

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The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.