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There are lots of things you can do in the home to save energy and money that require only a small financial investment. These measures pay for themselves over time as they help you to consistently save energy and reduce your bills.

If you are a homeowner or landlord, you may also want to consider more significant measures to retrofit your home, which will require more investment but will also deliver bigger energy savings.

Low-cost energy saving measures

  • Draught-proof your home – block up unwanted gaps around your doors, windows and other openings that let cold air in and warm air out. Watch our video on how you can do this.
  • Line your curtains – adding a thermal lining to your curtains will help stop heat escaping
  • Light bulbs – replace your lightbulbs with low energy LED bulbs.
  • Review energy ratings of appliances – when your appliances are at the end of their lives, make sure the new ones you buy have an excellent energy rating
  • Radiator panels – fit radiator panels and save up to 10% on your annual heating bill. Radiator panels are moulded plastic panels that help your heating system run at its most efficient. They slide behind your radiator and are attached to the wall.
  • Upgrade your heating controls – install a room thermostat that can effectively control the temperature in your home.
  • Install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) – by installing TRVs on each radiator, you can control the temperature room by room in your home.

The Government has a useful Energy Efficiency website to see what measures you can take, plus they have a handy tool to see what might be right for you.

There are also several no-cost measures you can take to reduce your energy usage and save money.