There’s lots of changes you can make around your home to help you save energy, reduce your bills and cut down your carbon emissions.
SMALL STEPS TO save energy around the house
- Switch off appliances when they are not being used.
- Draught proof windows and doors.
- Switch off your appliance stand-by mode.
- Top up insulation of your water tank, pipes and radiators.
- Avoid over-filling the kettle.
- Switch to energy-saving lights. If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 65kg a year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by driving your car around 220 miles.
- If you are looking for a new appliance for your home, be it a washing machine, television, or freezer, look out for an energy rating label. This information will help you choose the most energy-efficient appliance and help you work out how much it will cost to run.
- Reduce tumble dryer use - dry your washed clothes outside, whenever possible
- Only use the dishwasher when it is full – don’t forget to use the ‘eco wash’ function. Using the dishwasher rather than washing directly from the tap will also help save water!
- Fit a water-efficient showerhead and take a shorter, well-timed shower to save money on your energy bills.
- Have shorter showers instead of baths
- Fit new heating controls
By turning down your thermostat by one degreecan cut 10% of your bills
More information on how to cut down on energy use
A scheme to help you to reduce energy use at home . You can get up to £1,000 towards improvements that will make your home more energy efficient, and help to lower carbon emissions too. Find out more on DEFA's website.
A scheme to support up to 1,200 home-owners to retrofit their homes:
- making them more energy efficient
- increase their overall energy ratings
- installing low carbon heating systems.
This is predicted to save around 3,000t CO2/year. For more information, please visit the Department for Enterprise website.