Effective Energy Saving Tips That ACTUALLY Save Money

Energy saving tips fly around all the time, left, right and centre, and while £10 a year here and there are easy to do and make an impact, missing some major areas mean you’re still losing out!

We’ve compiled five solid ways to improve your home, from simple to large, so you can start to see a real impact on your energy usage – and ultimately how much you pay!

Tip 1: Improve your windows’ efficiency

How do I do it?
Get new windows installed with a higher energy rating that your existing ones.

What does this do?
This tip is pretty much essential if you still have single-glazed windows fitted at home, as the lost heat will be significant. Even if you have double glazing, if your windows are older and/or a lower energy rating then you’re still spending more on your energy bills than you need to. Updating these to newer B-grade (or higher) rated windows will make the biggest impact to your bills.

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Tip 2: Insulate your roof

How do I do it?
Buy rolls of insulation for lofts or roof spaces; either fit yourself or have a professional do it.

What does this do?
If you have no/minimal insulation in your loft or roof spaces then you’re losing around a quarter of all your home’s heat – and you’re paying for that! By adding new, efficient and quality insulation into these areas you minimise what’s lost; good insulation will last for more than 40 years before needing to be replaced. You can install the insulation yourself or use an installer from the National Insulation Association.

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Tip 3: Switch to LED lighting

How do I do it?
Replace bulbs in both main lights and lamps with modern LED bulbs of similar output equivalency.

What does this do?
18% of your home’s energy usage comes from lighting, and if you’re still using standard filament bulbs and/or halogen spotlights then you’re unnecessarily using more energy than you need to. LED lights are the most efficient option available (more so than CFLs; but more expensive) and can replace bulbs of both those types. The energy usage is less but the output of light can be the same, and different ‘warmth’ styles are available.

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Tip 4: Cut room temperature by 1°C

How do I do it?
Adjust your room thermostat down by 1° from 22° to 21°

What does this do?
A standard room temperature of between 20-22° is nice and comfortable, but would you really miss a single degree? Almost certainly not. But you will notice a £75 cut off your energy bills if you choose to turn down the heat a little bit. Such a small drop in temperate won’t make an impact on your home’s cosiness, it takes just a few seconds to do and the savings are real!

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Tip 5: Reduce your shower’s water usage

How do I do it?
Replace your existing shower head with a water efficient head

What does this do?
Most of us hop into the shower in the morning to get ready, as well as perhaps a nice long relax in the evenings to unwind. After all, they use less water and energy than baths, right? True! But it could be better. Simply swapping out your standard shower head with a water efficient one means less water is used (and therefore heated) but you don’t ruin your relaxing shower.

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