13 top tips to save energy and money this winter

Save energy and money this winter with some top tips to cut your bills.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 12:01 am
If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on only when required.

Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from January 18-24, is part of a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry, says: “Energy efficiency is essential to help consumers reduce their energy consumption and improve the comfort of their homes.

“It is also central to achieving the UK’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.”

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If you turn down your main thermostat by 1C, you could save about £60 on your energy bill - but make sure your home is still warm enough during cold weather. OVO Energy says the basic level of warmth for a healthy person wearing warm clothing is 18C. 16C or below is described as "fairly cold" and "could be unsafe for respiratory conditions".

Here are some top tips from Big Energy Saving Winter, a campaign by Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, that could help you save energy and cut your household bills.

Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, and using these controls efficiently could save you about £75 a year.
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows, and check for draughts around windows and doors.
Draught-proofing windows and doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save around £25 a year on energy bills.
Turning your appliances off standby mode can save you £35 a year, and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
Use a bowl to wash-up rather than running a tap, reduce your washing machine use by one cycle a week, and only fill the kettle with the water you need and you could save around £39 a year in the kitchen.
Spend one minute less in the shower each day and a family of four could save £75 a year on energy and water bills.
A running tap wastes more than 6 litres of water every minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
Replacing an inefficient shower head with a water efficient one could save a household of four people around £38 a year off gas bills and around £53 a year off water bills
Replace your bulbs as and when you can with energy efficient LEDs – on average it could save about £40 a year on bills.
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again. This will save you around £15 a year on your energy bills.