Our ten top tips to save energy and stay warm this winter

As we move into winter, we use a lot more energy to heat our homes and run appliances. This isn’t just costly for you, it’s also costly for our planet, as more gas and electricity means more emissions. With the help of our partners at Thinking Works, we’ve come up with ten top tips to save energy and stay warm this winter.

Here are those ten tips in full:

  1. Install LED bulbs – LED bulbs can use 10 time less energy than traditional Tungsten bulbs.
  2. Plug those draughts! Use your fingers to detect draughts around skirting boards, doors and windows and block them. DIY kits are available from most local hardware stores in Merton.
  3. Don’t wash away savings – do an extra spin after you’ve washed your clothes. Clothes come out drier and doing an extra spin costs a fraction of what you would spend on time in a tumble drier.
  4. Winter sun offers significant free heating – open curtains during the day and close at sunset to keep the heat in.
  5. Dry your clothes on clothes horses next to windows that get winter sun – you’ll be amazed at how quickly clothes dry, and it’s free!
  6. Know your heating controls! Do you know how long your heating and hot water is on for each day? Do you check how hot rooms that get little use are getting? Audit your heating controls – see how much you can reduce heating, hot water and the temperature of rooms that get little use to see how much you can save.
  7. Get a smart meter. Smart meters are amazing – they let you know what the energy guzzlers are in your home so you can reduce use of those using the most.
  8. Remember, if it gets hot, it’s using a lot of energy! Did you know that most fans run at 50 watts or less, where as most fan heaters run at 2000 watts or more!
  9. Home alone? Why not use a hot water bottle instead of turning on the heating, or so you can keep the thermostat down lower than usual
  10. Fill your freezer – did you know that a full freezer uses less energy to run than a half empty one? Fill up with emergency essential like bread and it will keep your running costs down