You don't need to invest thousands of pounds around the home in order to start saving money on your energy costs. There are some quick wins you can get through small investments as well as many things you can do that won't cost a penny.
1. Switch off standby
The average household can save around £30 a year just by turning appliances completely off, rather than leaving them on standby. All appliances these days can be switched off without upsetting their settings etc. so there is no real reason not too. If it's a matter of convenience you can get a 'standby save' which helps you to turn everything off in one go.
2. Change Kitchen Habits
Using a bowl to wash up in can save around £30 a year. Washing your clothes at 30 degrees Celsius is around 40 per cent more efficient than higher temperatures. You can look to make further improvements to your 'habits' such as only filling the kettle with as much water as you need, to fully cash in. The microwave is far more efficient than the oven/hob, so look to heat and reheat certain foods via the microwave as opposed to the hob.
3. Replace your shower head
Many water suppliers have been offering free water saving shower heads. These are designed to use less water, but retaining the power of a normal shower head. As they use less water, they also reduce the heating requirements for the water, and as a result you can save. An average household of our is estimated to be able to save up to £70 a year in gas, and £100 in water when employing this.
4. Shower less
This doesn't give you licence to stink. It merely suggests that you may be able to improve efficiency on the length of time spent showering. For every one minutes less each person showers per day, you can expect to save around £10 off your energy bills each year.
5. Exclude Draughts
These are a cheap and easy way to improve your home's efficiency for retaining heat. Look to seal up underneath doors, window gaps, chimneys etc. Doing your whole house may cost up to £200, but you can save £30-£50 per year in bills.
6. Heating Controls
Radiator valves are a cheap and easy to install so that you can regulate the temperature of each individually. You can take it a step further and have a programmer installed that will allow you to easily regulate them via timer. It's estimated that you can save £80 - £165 a year by doing this. If you can't afford that, just turning your heating down by 1 degree for a year can save you around £90 a year.
7. Change your lighting
A compact fluorescent light-bulb (CFL) of 10W is said to provide the same level of illumination a 60W standard incandescent light bulb – so it's 6 times more efficient. LED have recently flooded onto the market and are about twice as efficient as CFLs, so you can assume that you can save 5/6 of the costs of your lighting costs if you switch from standard light-bulbs.
8. Switch off lights
Regardless of the type of light-bulb, even just switching off for a few seconds when leaving a room temporarily will save you money. The amount you can save will depend on how much you waste, but even minor changes to your habits can save you £15 a year.