Save energy, water and food

Follow our tips to save money on your fuel bills.

Snap Your Bill service

Our new Snap Your Bill service helps you reduce your utility bills by making sure you’re paying the right price.

Just take a picture of your bill and send it to us. Our sustainability experts will then work out if you’re getting a fair deal on your utility bill.

Energy saving tips

Follow our energy saving tips – you could save up to £450 a year.

Switch your bill, fix your prices

The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets recommends a number of websites where you can switch your energy company and fix the price for up to two years. You could save up to £300 if you switch suppliers. For more details visit www.goenergyshopping.co.uk

What a turn off

Turning off lights and appliances when you’re not using them can save you up to 20% off your electricity bill. Appliances left on standby cost between £50 and £90 per year

Take control

Learning how to use heating controls can save you hundreds of pounds each year.

  • Set the timer so your heating automatically switches off when you’re asleep or away from the house.
  • Set your room thermostat to between 18°C–21°C.
  • Adjust individual radiator controls depending on the room, its size and your usage.

Get yourself out of hot water

Hot water use makes up around 25% of your yearly energy use. If you take a shower or wash up, you’re paying twice – once for the water and again to heat it up. By taking shorter showers and not leaving the tap running, you’ll see your energy bills cut.

Get to know your meter

Take meter readings and submit them every month to your energy company. This will help you keep an eye on the energy you’re using and make sure the energy company is billing you accurately.

Low energy light bulbs

These are an investment – they cost more than traditional bulbs but will save you money over time (usually over three years). There are two main type of energy saving bulbs – a CFL and an LED.

CFLs are good replacements for traditional bulbs as they can last for up to five years and use 80% less energy. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are a good option to replace spot lights. They are expensive but can save you around £140 over their lifetime. They give a better quality light and are more efficient than CFLs.

Recycling tips

Household waste

Most councils are able to recycle most of your household waste. They can also provide you with recycling bags or recycling bins.

Contact your council to find out what you can recycle, your collection timetable and for more information on their recycling initiatives.

Food containers

Rinse food containers before placing them in recycling bins as dirty containers can cause contamination at the recycling plant.

You should also try to buy food which have packaging that can be easily recycled, and avoid ones which are packaged using polystyrene as this cannot be recycled.

Fly-tipping

Dumping unwanted household items such as old mattresses and furniture in public areas impacts the wellbeing of your neighbours. It can also create a health and safety hazard for those living around you, including children. So if you need to dispose of household items, contact your local council for advice or to arrange collection.

Don’t be a litter bug

Respect others and value resources by disposing of your rubbish responsibly. Rubbish at the side of roads, in bushes and waterways doesn’t only cause environmental harm, but can also impact upon the wellbeing of those around you.

Five water tips

  • Have showers: have showers instead of baths as you’ll use less water
  • Boil what you need: if you’re making one cup of tea, only boil the water you need
  • Turn off the taps: running taps can use up to six litres a minute so turn it off while brushing your teeth or washing the dishes
  • Use water efficiently: only use your dishwasher and washing machine when it’s full. Fill the empty spaces in your fridge with a closed jug/bottle of water to help keep it cool when you open and close the door.

Food saving ideas

  • Grow your own: window ledges, balconies and outdoor communal areas can be used to grow the basics such as tomatoes, herbs, potatoes and other vegetables
  • Can it: every time you shop pick up one or two tin cans of fish, pulses and beans and add them to your meals. Frozen vegetables are also excellent value for money
  • Plan ahead: you could make sandwiches for lunch on two days of the week, while taking leftovers from the night before on others. Planning in advance will help you decide how much food to make and how much food to buy
  • Cook in bulk and invest in tupperware. Cook more food than you need and fill your tupperware boxes with the leftovers and freeze them. Just defrost it the night before you use it and enjoy
  • Portion size: think about how much food you make and try to stop food going in the bin. By drinking enough water and adding kidney beans or chickpeas to your diet you will feel fuller for longer.

Tips to keep cool in the summer

Here is how you can keep cool in your home and while you’re out during the summer:

  • Wear light-coloured and loose clothing made of natural fibres, rather than man-made materials like nylon.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water each day so you’re hydrated, and avoid caffeine and alcohol as this leads to dehydration.
  • During the hottest part of the day (12pm–3pm), try to close all of your windows on the sunny side of your home as this stops the heat from getting in.
  • At night, keep the doors inside your home open to allow a free flow of air. Make sure the windows you leave open are secured.

Read our full tips here.

Tackling climate change

As climate change takes effect the likelihood of extreme weather – in the form of droughts, floods and heat waves – increases. Get some tips that will help you minimise these effects.