How to Get a Warm Home That Saves You Money

07 December 2011

Here we are again at this year's Energy Saving Week which is hosted annually by The Energy Saving Trust. The theme of this year's week is WASTE and here we take a look at how we, as individuals and as families, can stop wasting time, energy and money and cut our fuel-bills into the bargain.

Do you remember the bitter cold of last winter? The problem faced by so many of us in a winter of extreme temperatures, and in winters that are not so extreme, is the cost of trying to keep a warm home despite rising fuel bills. For many, this problem imposes the prospect of yet another cold season along with the realisation that they cannot afford to turn up the heating to make their homes comfortable.

Here's how to keep your home warm and reduce your bills

1 Cavity wall insulation

Up to 33% of the heat lost in your home escapes through your walls. A well insulated wall keeps the warmth from your home exactly where it should be - indoors. Insulating your cavity walls will save you about £115 per year on fuel bills and saves on CO2 emissions by about 610Kg. Unsubsidised installation costs around £500.

2 Loft insulation

Up to 25% of heat escapes through your loft. Loft insulation acts as a blanket, trapping any rising heat from the house below. Insulating your loft or topping up existing insulation can save around £150 per year and saves on CO2 emissions by about 800kg. Loft insulation is effective for about 40 years. An unsubsidised installation would cost around £400.

3 Insulate your tank and pipes

Insulating your tank and surrounding pipes is one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy and money. If your hot water cylinder has a British Standard insulation jacket heat loss will be cut by around 75%. Savings of around £45 a year can be made and as well as approx 250Kg of CO2 emissions.

Top 10 ways to stop wasting energy and start saving money

1 Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £55 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.

2 Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60C/140F

3 Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.

4 Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.

5 Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.

6 If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.

7 Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle).

8 A dripping hot water tap wastes 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!

9 Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £65 over its lifetime if you're replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.

10 Compare energy providers. Switching energy providers can save up £370!


Bringing about these changes to your home insulation will help you heat your home more efficiently and the result will be a warmer home which requires less energy and money to heat it. You will also significantly reduce your CO2 emissions, which is one of the biggest causes of climate change.

Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation is so effective that it will pay for itself over and over again.

Heat your home this winter AND save money!

Energylink ltd is a company that has arranged thousands of full and partial grants for cavity wall and loft insulation to people throughout the UK. Grants are provided for all home-owners and private tenants, 100% full grants for the over 70's and people on certain benefits, and 40% - 70% for others. Energylink also arrange for a free no-obligation survey as part of the package, to verify that the suitability of the property for insulation measurements, and for fully qualified and vetted installers to carry out the installation work.

Please see our home page for an overview of the Insulation Grants and the benefits of installing home insulation.

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