Energy Saving Trust Analyst, Aled Stephens, explained the logic behind the advice: “Switching energy supplier could save you up to £300. These tips are based on low or zero-cost things you can do to save even more money.”
Aled (pictured) said: “The first three are things you can essentially do once and enjoy the benefits – especially in the case of getting LED lighting replacements, which can last for 30 years. It's hard to quantify the exact savings based on the advice about radiators and furniture, but we know it can improve comfort considerably – something that's very important too.
“The last three are about ongoing behaviour. They require a bit more commitment, but the rewards can be considerable. For example, if 25 per cent of people cut a minute off their showers, this would save the UK around £55m a year.”
But which of the tips might be lesser-known by the public – and which might people be well aware of, but still resisting acting upon? Aled said:
“I think the shower savings might not be so widely considered. People may not make the link between the time they spend showering and the dual water and energy expenditure.
“Maybe people are a little resistant to changing all their old light bulbs, thinking that LEDs are expensive or won't give them the light they need. But when they realise the quality and range of LED lighting available now, and how much prices have dropped, they could well decide to change them straight away.
“While most of these tips are quite well known now, it's important to use this week for a timely check that everyone is making the savings they very easily could.”
Without further ado, here are the new 'big six'...
Moving furniture away from radiators can help make a room more comfortable by letting the warmth circulate better – 42 per cent of homes have one or more radiators blocked by furniture.
Draught-proofing windows and doors could save you almost £30 a year—and 46 per cent of households still haven't done this.
Replacing all standard bulbs and halogen spotlights in your home with energy saving light bulbs such as LEDs could save you £35 a year.
You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
Filling the kettle up with as much water as needed could save around £7 in energy bills a year and around £45m for the UK.
Spending one minute less in the shower each day could save as much as £10 off energy bills each year. If you have a water meter this will save a further £12 off annual water and sewerage bills.