Switch off Standby

You can save around £60 a year by remembering to turn off your appliances on standby mode.

Draught-proof windows and doors

Older homes lose heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. Professional draught-proofing of windows and doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save around £105 a year on energy bills.

Turn off the Lights

Turn off the lights when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. This can save you around £25 a year on your annual energy bills.

Replacing all lights in your home with LED bulbs could help save even more.


You can save around £30 a year on your energy bills if you use your washing machine more carefully by following the steps below:
Use your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle.

Reduce your washing machine by one run per week for a year.

When using your washing machine, always use it on a full load, or use a half-load programme for smaller loads.

Avoid the tumble dryer

Avoid using the tumble dryer for your clothes. Dry clothes on racks inside where possible or hang them outside to dry in the warmer weather. This could save you £60 a year.

Heating and Hot Water

Reducing your shower times to four minutes could save a typical household around £75 a year on energy bills.
Swap one bath a week with a four minute shower and this could save £17 a year on energy bills.

Only run the dishwasher when it is full to reduce the amount of water you use. Reducing your dishwasher use by one run per week for a year could save around £15 a year.

Fitting a loose 25mm jacket or thin spray foam to your hot water cylinder or increasing the insulation to a British standard jacket 80mm thick, could save £50 a year. Set your timer to heat your property only when you need it.

Source: Energy Saving Trust