How to Cut Down on Your Energy Bills this Winter

A recent survey revealed that three-quarters of households in the UK are concerned about energy saving in the home. According to the Public Attitudes Tracker, published by the coalition government, 75% of those questioned stated that they gave “a lot or a fair amount of thought to saving energy in their home”.

Energy bills have shot up by nearly 40 per cent over the past three years and the government itself warns that “the era of cheap energy is over”.

However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to put ourselves back in control of energy consumption and improve our household accounts. Here are some top tips on how to cut home energy bills:

One of the best ways to reduce your energy costs is to replace all your traditional tungsten and halogen bulbs with LED lights. If you choose good quality LED lighting, it should last for at least 10 years and will cut electricity consumption by up to 85 per cent.

More and more of us are now on water meters, so there’s good reason to make sure we’re minimising the amount of water we use.
Quality products like eco taps are designed to mix air with water flow to reduce consumption by more than half. If you want to keep your current taps, then try fitting tap aerators, which can achieve similar savings. It’s also worth replacing your shower heads with a quality eco shower version. These products work in much the same way as eco taps, mixing air with water flow to reduce water consumption by more than 50 per cent.

Draught proofing
Another cost effective way of reducing energy bills is to eliminate any draughts in the home. Making sure all windows and doors are sealed properly can cut up to £50 annually from your heating bill.

Loft insulation
By laying down thick insulation in your loft, you can minimise the amount of heat lost through the roof. The savings made by doing this should repay the investment in a couple of years.

Cavity wall insulation
This method of energy-saving is normally only available to properties that are less than 100 years old. The insulation is pumped into the space between the two layers of external brickwork to reduce the amount of heat that escapes through the walls.

Servicing or replacing your boiler can also make you savings in the long run. If you do decide to get a new, more efficient model, you could cut energy use by up to 40 per cent. Replacing an old model with a condensing boiler should cut gas bills by around £310 a year, meaning that the investment is recouped in roughly six yearsChecking your radiator settings and turning down the thermostat by just one degree could shave around £75 off your annual heating costs too.

Government statistics show that British homes consume £2.2 billion of electricity through their fridges and freezers. A new model with an energy rating certificate can cut energy use by 60 per cent, so upgrading is certainly worth considering if you have the budget.

Power strips
Smart power strips are also a worthwhile investment. These items switch off power to devices in a sequence – so if you turn off your PC/laptop, linked devices like the monitor, printer and scanner will also turn off. It’s the same for your TV, cable/satellite box, video game console and DVD player.

Other tips:

  • Always run a full clothes wash on a setting of 20 degrees C. Also, make sure your dishwasher is full before running it and, if rinsing dishes, avoid keeping the tap running and use a bowl instead.
  • Boil the exact amount of water you need in the kettle.
  • Manage food and cooking costs by cutting down on meat and using a slow cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Solar roof panels are a great long term option and will usually pay for themselves over 10 years.
  • Be flexible about who you buy energy from as there may be benefits from moving to a new energy company.

Mark Sait is CEO of, the ‘go to’ people for businesses and households who want to save money on utility bills and reduce their impact on the planet.

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