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With energy bills rising by around 50% from this Friday for 22 million people, Energy Saving Trust is providing a series of ways that people can reduce their energy bills.

Our updated money saving steps include immediate everyday actions consumers can take, through to longer term investment in home energy improvements to protect against future price hikes:

  • By making several small and swift changes, such as turning devices off standby and reducing daily water usage, Energy Saving Trust estimates that people could offset the increase in costs by around a third.
  • For those wishing to future-proof their homes, investing in professional draught-proofing and insulation in preparation for the winter months could lead to a reduction in bills by £405 for a semi-detached home. Installing solar panels for a similar property could lead to additional annual savings of around £450.

Please see the below table detailing some of the simple energy saving hacks and their impacts:

 

Estimated cost

Annual bill saving

Annual carbon dioxide saving

Simple energy saving hacks for every household

Switch off: Turn devices around the home off standby mode.

Free

£55

45 kg CO2

Save water in the bathroom: Keeping your shower time to 4-minutes.

Additionally, swap one bath a week with a 4-minute shower.

Free

£35 each person

99 kg CO2

Using appliances:  Use your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle and reduce use by one run per week.

Only run your dishwasher when it is full and reduce use by one run per week.

Free

£28

23 kg CO2

Energy efficiency home improvements to prepare for winter

(Based on three-bed semi-detached house with four occupants)

If all these home energy improvements were carried out, they could pay for themselves in less than six years.

Draught-proofing: Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors, floors and skirting boards

£240

£95

220 kg CO2

Cavity wall insulation: Around a third of heat in an uninsulated home is lost through the walls. Most homes in the UK have a cavity wall, which have a gap that can be filled with insulation.

£1,200

£285

670 kg CO2

Loft insulation: A quarter of heat in an uninsulated home is lost through the roof. Most homes have at least some loft insulation but often not enough. Topping up from 120mm to at least 270mm of insulation will help.

£880

£25

55kg CO2

Investment for the long term to futureproof your home 

(Based on three-bed semi-detached house with four occupants)

Consider installing solar panels: These are the most common domestic renewable energy source in the UK. Once you’ve paid for installation, your electricity costs will be reduced.

£6,500

London: £505

Manchester: £475

Stirling: £450

Around 750 kg CO2

Please note that these estimates are based on a three-bed semi-detached house with four occupants, we also have savings figures for a two-bedroom flat with two occupants and for a detached house with five occupants so please get in touch if these are of interest.

Customers who are concerned about paying their energy bills are encouraged to contact their supplier to access any available support – and to check their eligibility for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which offers a one-off payment to help meet heating costs. For more detailed energy advice, visit: Energy advice for your home – Energy Saving Trust

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