Here’s how you can reduce your energy use and save money at home, whatever your budget, to make sure you’re one step ahead for the New Year.
1. Actions for any budget
For no money at all you can take a few minor actions that will help reduce energy use and save money.
2. Actions for under £100
Spend less than £100 to keep your home warm, reduce your energy use and save money on your bills.
3. Actions for under £500
The most impactful action you can take to reduce heat loss from your home it to insulate your loft. In fact, an uninsulated loft loses around 25% of our homes heat. The recommended depth for loft insulation is 270mm (about one foot). Bonus! Fitting this much insulation will save around 610kg of CO2 per year in a semi-detached home. Some homes already have insulation but not enough. So, the first task is to see how much insulation you have. Topping up your existing loft insulation to 300mm will save you around £81 on your household bills per year. Adding insulation is a manageable DIY job as long as protective clothing is worn. However, a professional can also be employed.
Here’s how much you could save by adding loft insulation to your home:
*Costs based on DIY fitted loft insulation in homes without loft insulation (0mm to 270mm). Loft insulation prices are subject to price fluctuations*.
Reasons to insulate your loft:
- It'll save you money every year.
- It’s quick and easy job for the weekend or you can get someone to do it for you in an afternoon.
- It’ll make your home cosy and warm.
- It's good for the environment and is the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to significantly reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
- It will last a long time – typically 40 years. This means it will pay for itself many times over in that lifetime.
If you rent your home, make sure to discuss installing loft insulation with your landlord.
Disclaimer: all prices are correct at the time of writing and are based on energy prices as of October 2022 unless otherwise stated. We endeavour to keep information up to date and correct but the information provided above is intended only as a guide. We strongly recommend that you seek independent advice from qualified suppliers or installers and any work is carried out at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from, or in connection with, the use of the information provided above.