How to save on your energy bill 10 ways to save on energy bills
Want some easy ways to save money on your energy bill? Look no further. You can save hundreds of pounds on your gas and electricity bills with our expert top tips.
From choosing the best energy tariff for your needs to making your home more efficient, our advice will help you save money and give you a more comfortable home.
Some of our top tips take no longer than a few seconds - so get started on saving money on your energy bill today.
1. Switch energy supplier: save £369
If you haven't switched your energy supplier in the last three years, there’s a good chance you could save money.
Consumers who used our independent comparison site Which? Switch to switch are currently saving an average of £369 a year on their gas and electricity bills. This is an average figure based on those who applied to switch suppliers between 1 November 2015 and 30 May 2016 - so many customers save a lot more.
Click to see if you could save money by comparing energy prices.
Already switched energy supplier? Make sure you're on the cheapest tariff. The biggest savings are for paying by monthly direct debit and choosing an online tariff managed on the internet.
If you want the same supplier for gas and electricity, then getting a dual-fuel deal will nearly always be cheaper.
But if you don't mind having separate suppliers, then our research found that going for the cheapest electricity supplier and the cheapest gas supplier would save you even more money.
2. Turn down your thermostat: save £90
Reducing room temperatures by just 1ºC can cut heating bills by up to £85-£90 a year in a typical home, according to the Energy Saving Trust. So put on a jumper rather than turn up the heating.
Already turned down your thermostat? Save even more by turning down the radiators in rarely used or empty rooms and by programming your heating to turn off when you're not there. For more advice, see our top five tips to effectively using your home heating controls.
You might also find a smart thermostat, which lets you operate your heating remotely via the internet, could help you save money. We've tried out smart thermostats - including Nest, Hive and Honeywell Evohome. To find out more, go to .
3. Replace light bulbs: save £70
Energy-saving light bulbs can help you cut your energy bills easily. If you replace 10 light bulbs in your house with energy-saving ones, you could save about £70 a year.
Remember, energy-saving light bulbs do last longer than traditional ones - most CFLs claim lifetimes upwards of 6,000 hours, and LEDs around 25,000 hours, whereas traditional light bulbs last around 1,000 hours.
Replacing just one 60W incandescent with an LED bulb can save almost £7.50 per year. And with Best Buy bulbs from around £5, they can pay for themselves within 12 months. To find out more, see our light bulb reviews.
Already use energy-saving bulbs? Remember to switch off lights when not in use, and use the best bulb for the size of room or the job it will do.
4. Cut draughts: save £50
Stopping heat from escaping through unwanted gaps could help you save up to £50 a year. Take a look at the following areas:
- Windows Use draught-proofing strips around the frame, Brush strips work better for sash windows.
- Doors Use draught-proofing strips for gaps around the edges, and brush or hinged-flap draught excluders on the bottom of doors.
- Chimney and fireplace If you don't use your fireplace, use an inflatable pillow to block the chimney, or fit a cap over the chimney pot
- Floorboards and skirting Floorboards need to move, so use a flexible silicone-based filler to fill the gaps
- Loft hatchesYou can prevent hot air escaping by using draught-proofing strips.
Already repaired large draughty areas? Consider smaller holes that let in air, such as keyholes and letterboxes.
Find out more in our guide to draught proofing.
5. Choose energy-efficient appliances: save up to £247
If you're replacing an appliance, you can cut your electricity bills by choosing the most energy-efficient model. For example, running costs for washing machines vary between £11 and £50 per year.
In all our lab tests we reveal the annual running costs for each large appliance, from TVs to fridges. Just check out our energy running cost calculators page for links to tools which tell you how much appliances cost to run, and which ones will be the cheapest.
Choosing the most energy-efficient models can result in annual savings of around £39 for a washing machine, £100 for a tumble dryer and £62 for a fridge-freezer. And our research shows swapping all your kitchen appliances for energy-saving ones could save up to £247 a year.
Already have an energy-saving appliance? Check out our energy-saving tips for more ways to cut energy costs.
6. Get a new boiler: save up to £340 a year
Replacing an old G-rated gas boiler which has no controls with a new condensing model, including a programmer, could trim up to £340 a year from the gas bill of a typical home.
But a new boiler is expensive, costing around £2,500 when you include installation. So if saving money is your priority, it’s probably not worth replacing your boiler until it’s beyond economic repair.
For detailed information on the savings you could make by replacing different types of boilers, read our guide to .
Already replaced your boiler? Make sure you're using it efficiently. Ensure radiators are working properly, and use the boiler programmer so the heating only comes on when you need it.
7. Home insulation: save up to £300
Insulating both your loft and cavity walls can save you up to £300, and there are currently a number of free insulation deals to help you pay for it.
Laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi could trim £140 a year from energy bills, as less heat will be lost through the roof.
Insulating cavity walls can save around £160 a year. Solid-wall insulation, although more expensive to fit, could save you £260 in the same type of house.
Already installed loft insulation? Even if you already have some insulation, you could save around £15 a year by topping it up from 120mm to the recommended 270mm.
8. Get an energy monitor
An energy monitor is a simple handheld gadget that estimates in real time how much energy you're using, so you can see where to cut back.
Monitors cost from around £25, but some gas and electricity suppliers give them away free. Read our energy monitor reviews to choose the best energy monitor for you.
Already got an energy monitor? We reveal our expert tips for getting the most out of your energy monitor.
9. See if you're eligible for free cash - save £££s
Money off your electricity bill, money towards installing solar panels and grants for buying a new boiler are just some of the schemes currently on offer to help you save money on energy, for less.
Find out what you could be eligible for in our energy grant guide.
10. Free energy help: save £250
The Energy Saving Trust has a free home energy check tool on its website that could help you find out where to make energy-efficiency improvements and how much you might save.
It estimates some households could save £250 by following its personalised advice.