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Energy saving tips

Results of a survey revealed that across Great Britain,  London is the region with the lowest uptake of energy saving measures

Be efficient with the heating

1. Cut costs and stay warm. Did you know that turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year.

By keeping your central heating on constantly on a low heat could potentially save you more money rather than switching it on and off for big blasts of heat. You should get to know and understand the timer settings on your thermostat, this will really pay off.

2. Wrap up. Why not wear more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house? Also put an extra blanket on the bed, it may mean that you won't be tempted to turn the heating up.

3. Turn the pressure down on the power shower. A high-pressure power shower is a great luxury to have but they use a lot more water than you may think - sometimes even more than a bath.

Be efficient with the cooking

4. Stock up and save time. Why not bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. Besides, ovens don't let us heat one shelf at a time so why waste heat you’re already paying for?

5. Heat your home with cooking. After you finish using the oven, why not leave the oven door open and let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan. You’re already paying for it anyway.

6. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work. Try and avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. You can save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.

7. Use your fridge and freezer efficiently. Keep them full and they won’t have to work as hard, therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.

8. Use the right hob for the right job. If your cooker has a small hob, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. On the other hand, if you try and heat a large pan on the small hob, you're more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.

Be efficient with the washing

9. Shrink your bills, not your clothes. Did you know that 90 per cent of a washing machine's energy cost is spent on heating the water. If you wash your clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C you could save significant amounts of money.

10. Hang your laundry. If you can, why not air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there's warm or windy weather. Not only will you save money but your clothes will smell better too.

11. Save time ironing. If you use a dryer, take your clothes out before they're completely dry - they'll iron much quicker and you'll use less energy on your drier.

Be efficient with your appliances

12. Switch it off and save money. Why not unplug all the appliances that you aren't using regularly – did you know that even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren't charging. Try to not leave appliances on standby, it may be easier but it will definitely waste energy compared to turning them off at the socket.

13. Involve the kids. Why not play energy-saving games with your kids. Get them to spot the areas in the home where energy may be wasted and where lights, switches or appliances have been left on.

14. Let the sunshine in. Open the curtains on a sunny day, this will let warmth into your house, but when it's colder or the sun goes down don't forget to close them to keep that heat in.

Be efficient with your whole home

15. Get free cavity wall insulation. There are government-backed full and partial grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls. visit the grants and assistance page for more information.

Getting this done will mean the property retains more heat and blocks the cold from coming in. This means you will use your heating less and as a result you could save around 15 per cent on your heating bills, so you could be saving on average £98 a year. Even if you don't receive money from the government, insulation is still worth it in the long run.

16. Get free loft insulation. Did you know that heat rises? As much as 25 per cent of the heat in your house could be disappearing into your loft space. Older properties that already have insulation in place but not topped up may not have the recommended levels, particularly if it was installed in the 1970s or 1980s. If you apply for a loft insulation grant, you could save about 19 per cent on your fuel bills - which works out at an average of £128 per year.

17. Get free solar panels - Getting solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. Thanks to the government's Feed-in Tariff scheme, solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.

18. Apply for an energy-saving grant - Energy-saving grants are available to help with the cost of home improvements. Check them out by clicking here.

Shop around for cheaper energy

19. Register for the council’s innovative gas and electricity switching campaign and see if you can save. Visit the Big London Energy Switch page for more details.

Source: uSwitch