Switch off Standby

  • You can save around £55 a year by remembering to turn off appliances on standby mode

Draft 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, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards, can save around £45 a year on energy bills.

Turn off Lights

  • Turn off the lights when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. This can save you around £20 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 £28 a year on your energy bills, if you use your washing machine more carefully by following the steps below:

  • Using 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 on a full load, or if available 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 outside to dry in the warmer weather. This could save £60 a year.

Heating and Hot Water:

  • Reducing your shower times just four minutes could save a typical household around £70 a year on your energy bills.
  • Swap one bath a week with a four minute shower and this could save you £12 a year on your 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 £14 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 £35 a year. Set your timer to heat your property only when you need it.

Source: Energy Saving Trust