Making just a few simple changes around your home could make all the difference to your health – and your pocket.
Gas, electricity and water bills take up a big chunk of household spending, so it’s well worth thinking about ways to improve your home’s efficiency to make it more comfortable, and cheaper to run. Of course, you’ll also be helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Energy saving tips
- Turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save as much as £60 on your energy bills
- Look for A, A+, A++ and A+++ rating on your new appliances to tell how energy efficient they are
- When cooking on a hob use just enough water to boil your food, and don’t have the flames licking up the side of the saucepan
- On a water meter? Why not invest in a water butt and use the water that it collects to water your garden or to wash your car?
- If you have an old inefficient ‘G rated’ boiler, then you could cut your heating bill by a quarter if you replace the boiler with a new ‘A rated’ model with modern heating controls
- By replacing old draughty single glazed windows with new double glazing you could save as much £180 on your heating bill
- A family of four could save around £75 a year on water heating, as well as a further £90 on water bills if you have a water meter by changing the standard shower head for a water efficient version. If you have a mixer shower then you could fit a shower flow regulator, this is a simple device that can save £40 a year on your fuel bills and can be fitted to the shower hose with no specialist knowledge
- Is your loft insulated? The current standard depth of insulation in the loft is 270mm. If your insulation is not up to standard then you could be eligible for assistance to top it up either at a subsidised rate or for free though any of the big six utility companies. By insulating an un-insulated loft to 270mm then you could save £150 per year on your heating bills. Even if you top up from 100mm to 270mm you could save about £15 a year.
If you're struggling to pay your bills
Talk to your supplier and see if there is any way that they can help you. They may be able to offer you a better deal.
Check to see if you are on the best tariff – a few simple online checks or phone calls should tell you if you can save on your fuel bills, if you can save – switch! You could also consider joining a ‘collective switch’ where you can group together with others to secure an even better deal. See Cyd Cymru.
If you live in a rural area and use oil, consider joining a Fuel Club, where you can buy oil in bulk with your neighbours, and share the savings.
Grants and deals that may help you
Through the government’s Green Deal you could be eligible for energy efficiency works such as:
- insulation - e.g. solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- double glazing
- renewable energy generation - e.g. solar panels or heat pumps
If you are a home owner, or a private tenant on an income related benefit, you may be eligible for improvement works including loft and cavity wall insulation, a new boiler or renewable technologies through a scheme called Nest. Call 0808 808 2244 for information.
Page updated on: 02/02/2017