Helping you save energy and maximise your income
We are committed to keeping you safe, warm, and connected. To support this we have some useful hints and advice to help you minimise your energy use and maximise your income
helping you to save money and protect the environment.
Turn down the thermostat by just 1 degree.
FACT: Turning down the thermostat by 1 degree will cut your energy bills, and you probably won’t feel any difference.
Change to LED bulbs – they last longer and use less electricity
FACT: If you switch to an LED lightbulb, you can save around £12 per year for each lightbulb, based on using the lightbulb for five hours per day. We have lots of bulbs in our homes, so this can really add up! Always remember to turn off lights when you leave a room too.
Only fill your kettle with as much water as you need.
FACT: Unfortunately, making a cuppa and using your kettle is very energy intensive. Filling your kettle with only what you need each boil saves time and cash!
FACT: Slow cookers are an energy efficient way of cooking and also a great way of batch cooking meals you can freeze and use another day.
Take short showers instead of baths - short showers use much less water and require less energy
FACT: Spend a minute less in the shower, and you save between £5 to £10 a year on energy costs. If you are on a water meter, you will cut your water bill too.
Remember to turn your appliances off and don't leave them on standby - appliances in standby mode still use energy
FACT: Items on standby make up about 10% of a typical home’s electricity bill – that’s £197 a year (figure based on a direct debit on a default tarriff, with average usage in 2022).
Turn it down
FACT: Just turning your washing machine setting down from 40C to 30C can save heaps of energy. If your house is above 18C, try turning your room thermostat down by 1C too, that would take 10% of your heating bill!
Dry your hair (and clothes) naturally
FACT: Appliances that heat things up tend to use the most electricity, so limiting how much you use them saves loads! Also choose to dry clothes outside, or on an airer in your home (in rooms with good ventilation) instead of using a tumble dryer.
Draught proof your home
FACT: Draught proofing retains heat to keep your home warmer - you can do this under doors and windows, through the floor or a chimney.
Make these changes and it could help save hundreds on your energy bill every year.
For more information regarding energy advice please visit simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
We could all do with a little extra money in our pockets. These tips could help you stretch your money.
- Search and apply for grants. There are many grants available out there, so it’s advisable to research online what grants you may be entitled to and to make the relevant applications. You can use the Turn2us Grants Search tool to find and apply for grants.
- Contact the Groundwork Green Doctors for expert energy saving advice
- Ensure you are receiving the benefits that you are entitled to. Use the Turn2Us benefit calculator below to see which means tested benefits you may be entitled to. It's free to use and the details you provide are kept anonymous.