Turn your appliances off

One easy way to reduce the amount of energy that you are using is to turn off appliances by the plug, otherwise, they will just remain on standby using energy. This might sound like a hassle, but it will save you more money than you think in the long run.

Install a smart meter

Tracking your usage is essential if you are looking to cut back and save, most energy companies offer free installation of smart meters and they can be really helpful If you are on a budget or just looking to become more aware of your usage.

Have your heating set on a timer

This simple step will not only save you money but will also ensure that your home is warm when you want it to be, most people set the heating to come on an hour before they wake up and an hour before they get home.

Buy energy-efficient appliances

When buying a new appliance such as a washing machine or fridge make sure to look at the energy rating on the product, it can often be worth choosing a more expensive appliance with a better energy rating as it can save you money in the long run.

Know how to use your heating

Knowing how your heating works is massively important, for most heating systems having a timer is the best way to manage the heating in your home. However, electric heating such as storage heaters are often used incorrectly. These heaters will come on between 12:00 am and 07:00 am, always check with your energy company that you are on an "Economy 7" tariff and that you have adjusted the input and output settings to your preference.

Washing and Drying Laundry

Try washing your laundry at lower temperatures such as 30 or 40 degrees, this should cut costs significantly and will still give you the same results. Most washing machines come with an eco-wash setting as well, so if you have the time try using this setting instead.

Tumble dryers use a large amount of energy and aren’t necessary in most cases, instead try using a clothes haul instead or a washing line if you have an outside area. This will take longer, but it will save you a significant amount of money and energy.


Draughts can cost you more than you think, so in the winter or on one of those windy days try using a draught excluder. Further to this ensure that your property is correctly insulated as this will cut down heating costs significantly.