Being energy efficient can make a big difference to the cost of your energy bill. It doesn’t always need a big investment in time or money to make sure you’re wasting less energy and saving more.

These are our top 10 tips to help you save money on your energy bills:

Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t need on.

If they have a standy-by light, a display or are hot to the touch they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.

Turning your boiler down won’t always save money.

If you have a room thermostat then it’s best to turn your boiler to its maximum setting, if you don’t it’s best to set your boiler as low as you’re comfortable with.

Washing at a lower temperature will use less electricity.

Washing at 30ºC rather than 40ºC can save you a third of the cost to run the cycle.

Try using a pressure cooker.

Cooking a roast chicken in a pressure cooker takes approximately half the time it would need in an oven, and it’s especially good if you like your roast falling apart. As an optional extra you can crisp it up a bit by putting it in the oven for around 15 minutes afterwards.

Keep out draughts around your home.

Try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative to double glazing. Film for 4 windows should cost around £8.

Insulating your home can save you money.

Loft insulation can save up to £150[1] a year off your energy bills and cavity wall insulation can save up to £145[1] a year.

Think ahead when setting your heating.

Set your heating to come on 15-30 minutes before you need it on, and off 30 minutes before you go to bed.

If you have storage heaters, make sure you’re using them efficiently.

Keep the input constant at the amount you need, but turn the output down to a minimum when you don’t need the heating on or turn it off at the wall.

Check the energy label to make sure you’re buying an efficient product.

Buying an energy efficient fridge and freezer could make as much as £71[2] difference compared to an inefficient model. Size is an important factor so decide how big your appliance needs to be and then compare the efficiency.

Using central heating is often cheaper than heating one room with a gas fire.

You can test this yourself by comparing your meter readings using the two methods.

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  1. 11th February 2015

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