Managing your money

How to reduce your energy bills

Energy saving tips

We spend a lot of money on gas and electricity. That's why we've pulled together our top energy saving tips. We want to help save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

  1. 01

    Don't leave appliances on standby

    According to the Energy Saving Trust, you can save around £35 a year by turning your appliances off standby mode.

    Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. 

  2. 02

    Use energy efficient light bulbs

    LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 15 times longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs. If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £40 a year on bills.

    Find out more at smartenergygb.org

  3. 03

    Adjust your thermostat

    Turning the heating thermostat down by one degree can save you up to around £80 a year, according to The Energy Saving Trust.

    Moving furniture away from radiators can help boost the temperature of the room. Be sure to turn radiators off in rooms you're not using and bleed them at least once a year to make sure you're not wasting energy.

  4. 04

    Install a smart meter

    Smart meters can help you understand and manage your bills more easily.

    The meter shows what you're using in pounds and pence, helping you keep an eye on what you're spending. You can also set daily budgets to help ensure you don't spend more than you'd like to on energy. Get in touch with your energy supplier to request your smart meter.

Switching energy supplier

Energy bills make up a considerable chunk of our annual spending - switching providers could help you save on monthly bills.

Could you switch and save?

Uswitch could help you reduce your energy bills

Between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £387. (Source: Uswitch August 2020)

Simply enter your postcode, a few details about your current supplier and Uswitch will do the rest. 

Uswitch is an Ofgem accredited, free and informative comparison tool. It is the UK's leading energy switching service and has helped UK consumers switch their energy deal more than 9.2 million times, saving over £2.3 billion since 2006.

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Other ways to reduce your household bills

Looking at energy saving and switching is just one way to reduce your monthly outgoings. There are many ways to save money on your monthly bills.

Calculate your take home pay

It's important to know how much you've got coming in each month and understand any deductions from your wage packet. We can help you make sense of your salary.

Categorise your spending

Knowing what you spend money on helps identify saving opportunities. Our mobile app now comes with Spending, a handy feature that automatically places your current account transactions into categories.

Set a budget

Setting and sticking to a budget is a great way to save money day to day. Use our free budget calculator to set yours today.

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