Some ideas for saving energy from small to large:

  • Looking at your tariff/energy provider and switching may be the first port of call. The Energy Savings Trust has useful information on how to make sure you are getting the best deal from your provider, or switching if you are interested  Energy Saving Trust advice on switching
  • Next, start monitoring your use, and your appliances if you don’t already know how well they perform. Taking weekly meter readings will show you how your behaviour affects your energy bills.
  • Another way you can monitor how you use your energy is by using a smart meter, the UK government is requiring energy providers to supply customers with them before the end of 2020 (appendix 8) but you can get one now, to start measuring your usage at home.
  • Some suppliers are waiting until a final government decision is made on their design and how the infrastructure will work. You can upgrade to a smart meter with British Gas now
  • If your appliances are nearing the end of their life, or you discover they are very inefficient, replacing them with A or better rated appliances will save you money in the long run. Which? Has done extensive research on reviewing appliances looking at their energy efficiency.
  • In the winter, it should be easy to feel where you have large draughts – whether at the door or on a window, there are materials which are easy to use to help seal these. Video showing the draught proofing. If you haven’t got curtains, or are using very light ones, adding a heavy material backing to your curtains will prevent heat loss through your windows. Even double-glazed windows can lose heat. Here is a video created by Islington Council and the Better Archway Forum showing you how to line your curtains.