Energy efficiency

Using energy in the most efficient way possible isn't just good for the planet, it's also great for your wallet. Even small changes can make a difference to your energy bills.

For lots of free and impartial advice on energy efficiency, visit the Energy Saving Trust. In the meantime, we've written a few tips below to get you started.


If you're happy to spend a bit of cash, try swapping filament light bulbs for energy-saving ones. You'll get the same brightness for a fraction of the energy and cost, and some energy-saving LED bulbs come in a filament style if you like the traditional look.

If you've a lot of spare cash, consider changing older appliances for newer ones. Modern appliances are far more efficient (assuming you use them wisely).

You could go one step further and install smart lighting and appliances, giving you even more control over when your appliances turn on and how they operate. After a bit of initial set-up, it's all done automatically, making leaving the bathroom light on a thing of the past.


Insulating your home can make a big difference to how easy it is to heat. Double glazing, loft and cavity insulation are excellent ways to reduce heat loss, and although there's an upfront cost, you'll save money in the long run. Just drawing your curtains will slow the escape of heat.

You can take greater control over your heating by installing smart heating controls, such as a smart thermostat. By learning when you're home and the temperature you prefer, this smart heating device keeps you warm without wasting your energy.