When the clocks go back, it’s time to snuggle to the sofa, pop a blanket over your knees and take our expert advice on how to save money on your energy bills during the winter.
From home insulation to getting the best boiler service, we have tips that could save you hundreds of pounds.
1. Cut the draughts – save £50 a year
Full draughtproofing could save you up to £50 a year and most methods are simple to do yourself.
For example, a weatherbar to stop cold air coming in under your front door, or a letterbox draught excluder, are both available at many DIY shops.
You’ll need the help of a professional for some jobs and homes, such as older buildings with single glazing.
Visit our full guide to draughtproofing to find out what simple changes you could make, what you’ll need to get a professional in for and what draughtproofing methods you should avoid.
2. Turn down your thermostat – save £85 to £90
Turning down the heating in rooms, even by just 1°C, can save you around £85 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Set the room thermostat to 18°C and then turn it up by one degree each day until you find a temperature you and your family are comfortable with.
The temperature shouldn’t drop below 16°C for elderly people and those with mobility problems.
For more advice, see our top five tips to effectively using your home heating controls.
3. Insulate your home – save £300
Insulating both your loft and cavity walls can save you up to £300: up to £140 a year by insulating your loft and £160 with cavity wall insulation.
Professionally installed loft insulation for a typical three-bedroom, semi-detached house with gas central heating costs around £300.
It will take around two years to pay for itself through the savings you’ll make on your heating bills, but after that you’ll be saving.
Insulating cavity walls can save around £160 a year, with a payback time of three years.
4. Switch your energy supplier – save £297
If your fixed energy deal is coming to an end soon, don’t wait to switch your energy tariff.
If you do nothing, you will be transferred onto your supplier’s standard tariff, which could be more expensive.
Our research found that – if you’re on a standard tariff with one of the Big Six energy companies – you could save up to £297 a year by switching to the cheapest deal.
Use our independent switching service, Which? Switch, to compare gas and electricity prices.
5. Get a boiler service – save your life
Boilers can be very dangerous if they go wrong, so it’s important to get a good boiler service every year.
But, our recent undercover investigation, which used hidden cameras, revealed a number of boiler servicing engineers breaking the law and making dangerous mistakes.
To check out your Gas Safe registered engineer, use our downloadable boiler servicing checklist to ensure they cover the basics.
And if you’re thinking about buying a new boiler, make sure you get one that’s reliable – check out our boiler reviews.