Finding and fixing draughts could save you up to £60 a year

Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective actions you can take to stop or prevent heat escaping and reduce your energy bills. Block unwanted gaps around windows, doors, chimneys and floors that let the cold air in and warm air out.  

Window film is a form of temporary secondary glazing which helps stop heat escaping through glass. You can buy it at hardware shops and online and install it yourself or with the help of a professional. 

Switching to energy saving lightbulbs could save you up to £55 a year 

Standard or incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient. By switching to energy efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, you can save money on your energy bills while keeping your rooms well lit. LED lightbulbs also last longer than traditional bulbs, saving on maintenance costs. 

The amount of light, or colour of the light (white to yellow) is not linked to a bulb’s energy usage, so you can get the same light at a much lower energy cost. 

Installing a smart meter can help you see what you’re spending 

A smart meter provides you with near real-time information about how much energy you are using via an in-home display, which you can use to track your spending and have greater control over your usage. Smart meters provide automatic readings to your energy supplier, meaning an end to estimated bills and enabling easier budgeting.  

Contact your energy supplier, who can arrange to install a smart meter free of charge. 

If you have a smart meter, you can unlock further bill savings by taking part in National Grid’s Demand Flexibility Service. This new service runs until 31 March 2023. It helps National Grid manage our electricity system this winter by paying consumers who choose to reduce their energy usage in time periods where there may be high demand for electricity, via their energy supplier or another approved service provider.