1. Insulate your home, from your loft to your pipes. It is amazing how quickly heat can escape from a badly insulated home.
2. Switch your light bulbs to energy saving ones. This is something which you can do as and when a light bulb needs changing, that way the cost is spread out.
3. Fix that leaky tap! What is the point of spending energy on heating water if you are just going to let it drip, drip, drip!
4. Next time you use the kettle, only boil the amount you actually need to use.
5. When using your dishwasher or washing machine only put on full loads rather than half loads.
6. When switching off your tv’s or laptops, switch off fully not just onto standby as they are still using energy on standby.
7. When leaving a room, turn off the lights, it only takes a second to do.
8. Got a draughty door, then buy a draught excluder you can either make your own or buy one.
9. Close your curtains at night to help keep the warmth in the rooms. So many people just have them for decoration, but if you have spent the money on them, then use the curtains!
10. Check that your hot water cylinder thermostat is no higher than 60 degrees (140 Fahrenheit), hot water does not needed to be hotter than this.
11. Use a timer for heating and hot water , so that you only need to use them when needed rather than leave them on all day and night.
12. Turn your heating thermostat down, even by knocking 1 degree more off the temperature, you will notice a difference in your amount of energy saved.
Follow these tips and you will have lower bills and you will have helped do your bit to help conserve energy for the future.
This is a guest post by Brenda Cuby from a natural living blog called www.thegreenfamilia.co.uk. Brenda likes to try and encourage people to take small steps to help make the world a better place, by showing them how easy it can be if you know how!