Britons are amongst the most energy wasteful people in Europe according to a recent survey by the EST.

In total, the energy we waste as a nation each year is now growing close to the equivalent of powering an additional 7 million non-existent homes!

Below are some simple tips to help reduce energy wastage and save money.

  1. Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%, saving you around £60 a year.
  2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°
  3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors
  4. Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave mobile phones and laptops on charge unnecessarily
  5. Only boil as much water as you need
  6. Fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load use less energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off.
  7. Use energy saving lightbulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb. this saving could be around £70 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
  8. Put silver foil behind radiators. This will reflect the heat back into the room, preventing it from being absorbed into the wall.
  9. Keep your fridge and freezer full. The emptier it is the harder it has to work to keep everything inside cold.
  10. Have showers instead of baths. Filling your bath uses an average of 80 litres of water which is a huge waste of both water and energy.