Using energy in the most efficient way possible isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also good for your bills.
For free and impartial advice on energy efficiency, visit the Energy Saving Trust. In the meantime, here’s a few tips below to get you started.
For a range of ways to reduce your electricity use for free, read the Octopus Energy blog.
If you don’t mind spending a little money, try swapping filament light bulbs for energy-saving ones. You’ll get the same brightness for a fraction of the energy and cost, and some energy-saving LED bulbs come in a filament style if you like the traditional look.
If you have older appliances around the home, you might consider replacing them with newer ones. Modern appliances are far more energy efficient (assuming you use them wisely).
You could go one step further and install smart lighting and appliances, giving you even more control over when your appliances turn on and how they operate. After a bit of initial set-up, it’s all done automatically, making leaving the bathroom light on a thing of the past.
Insulating your home can make a big difference to how easy it is to heat. Double glazing, loft and cavity insulation are excellent ways to reduce heat loss, and although there’s an upfront cost, you’ll save money in the long run. Just drawing your curtains will slow the escape of heat.