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One of the best ways of controlling energy costs is to use appliances and heating systems in a smarter way. These tips will let you control your spend on energy bills more accurately.

  • Learn to use your heating system. The best and most efficient way to control your heating is by using the programmer.
  • Your thermostat should ideally be set between 18-21°C.
  • If you have electric heaters or an immersion heater, make sure you charge them during your Economy 7 or Economy 10 hours, when electricity will be much cheaper.
  • Portable electric heaters are the most expensive form of heating. Avoid using them wherever possible. It’s always cheaper to use your central heating.
  • If you have central heating, set the radiators properly. Living rooms and bathrooms should be on maximum. Kitchens tend to gain extra heat from cooking, so can go on a medium setting. Bedrooms should be cool, and hallways or unused rooms on low settings.
  • Try out this easy-to-use calculator, which will estimate how much money you spend on water bills and heating up water every year. It also gives you tips on how to reduce those costs.
  • Turn off phone chargers, DVD players, consoles and similar items at the wall. While they’re on standby they still use electricity.
  • Clothes washing can be done at 30°C. Modern detergents are designed to work at lower temperatures. Make sure you wash a full load each time.
  • If you have a dishwasher, use it when you have a full load, and use the ECO setting if it has one.
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms.

You can find more tips in our Energy Saving Guide or use this free Home Energy Check.

More resources

For impartial advice on how to reduce carbon emissions, use water more sustainably and save money on energy bills, please visit the Energy Saving Trust website. To find out the energy efficiency of your home, please visit the EPC Register. For ideas for reducing the amount of energy you use around your home, please visit the Money Matters To Me website.

For tips on saving on your bills and reclaiming money, please visit the Money Saving Expert website.

For advice on how to reduce your water costs and consumption, please visit the Consumer Council for Water website.

If you would like to talk to us about energy efficiency or sustainability, please contact us.

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