Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from January 18-24, is part of a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.
Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry, says: “Energy efficiency is essential to help consumers reduce their energy consumption and improve the comfort of their homes.
“It is also central to achieving the UK’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.”
1. Turn down your thermostat
If you turn down your main thermostat by 1C, you could save about £60 on your energy bill - but make sure your home is still warm enough during cold weather.
OVO Energy says the basic level of warmth for a healthy person wearing warm clothing is 18C. 16C or below is described as "fairly cold" and "could be unsafe for respiratory conditions". Photo: Shutterstock
2. Install a room thermostat - and use it
Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, and using these controls efficiently could save you about £75 a year. Photo: Shutterstock
3. Close your curtains
Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows, and check for draughts around windows and doors. Photo: Maja Hitij
4. Use draught-proofing
Draught-proofing windows and doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save around £25 a year on energy bills. Photo: Shutterstock
5. Turn appliances off
Turning your appliances off standby mode can save you £35 a year, and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. Photo: Shutterstock
6. Only use the water you need
Use a bowl to wash-up rather than running a tap, reduce your washing machine use by one cycle a week, and only fill the kettle with the water you need and you could save around £39 a year in the kitchen. Photo: Shutterstock