1) Insulate your water tank – Making sure your hot water tank and pipes have adequate insulation could save you £5-£10 a year.
2) Insulate your loft – Insulating your loft to the recommended depth of 270mm could save you up to £155 a year.
3) Fit double-glazing – Energy Saving Recommended double-glazing could save around £110 a year.
4) Draughts – Save around £25 a year by draught-proofing doors, windows and letter boxes.
5) Recycle – Recycling the waste from all the bins in your house cuts the energy required to make new products.
6) Insulate your walls – Cavity wall insulation helps reduce the amount of energy you need to heat your home and save around £120 a year. For older properties why not insulate the inside/outside of the walls? It will save £360-£380 a year.
7) Turn appliances off stand-by – You could save £28 a year by ensuring appliances are not left on stand-by.
8) Lightbulbs – Replace all the inefficient lightbulbs in your home with Energy Saving Recommended ones and save around £45 a year.
9) Fit thermostatic radiator valves – Control individual room temperatures with thermostatic radiator valves and prevent heating rooms not in use unnecessarily.
10) Upgrade to Energy Saving Recommended appliances – These could save up to £34 a year.
11) Install a water displacement device – Putting a water displacement device in your toilet cistern is a simple way to save water.
12) Take a shower – A shower uses one-third of the water of a bath.
13) Replace your old boiler – Swapping your old boiler for a new condensing one, with full heating controls could cut your bill by 45%, saving around £250 a year.
14) Reuse leftover food – If everyone in the UK eliminated their food waste, the carbon dioxide saving would be the same as taking one in five cars off the road.
15) Greener gardens – Invest in a water butt and use the collected water on your garden or to wash the car.
16) Close your curtains – This stops heat escaping through your windows.
17) Heating – If everyone in the North East turned down their heating by 1C, we would save enough energy to heat more than 80,000 households a year.
18) Computers – It may not be practical to switch off your computer, but turning off the monitor when you’re not using it will save energy.
19) DVD players – Most DVD players and recorders can be switched off completely when not in use without losing their settings.
20) Television – Turn TVs off when not in use. LCD and plasma screens can use 400 watts when in use, but only four watts on stand-by.
21) Chargers – Switch off mobile phone chargers when they are not in use. Chargers left plugged in unnecessarily waste more than £60m and are responsible for a quarter of a million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
22) Lighting – Turn off lights when leaving the room, even if you’re just going out for 10 minutes.
23) Wash clothes at lower temperatures – Washing clothes at 30C, as opposed to 40C, uses 40% less energy and is generally as efficient, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
24) Clothing – Reaching for a jumper rather than turning the heating up when it gets cold can be an effective way of saving energy.
25) Temperature – Make sure your water isn’t too hot. The cylinder thermostat should not need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
26) Make sure taps are completely turned off – Dripping taps can waste enough water in a week to fill a bath.
27) Mobile phones – Turn off mobile phones overnight so you need to charge them less.
28) Boiling water – Fill the kettle up in the morning and transfer the hot water to a vacuum flask. It could save you from boiling the kettle multiple times a day.
29) Outdoor lighting – If you have a security light in your back yard, swap it for a solar-powered version.
30) Timers – Time your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you are due to return.
31) Radiators – Make sure curtains or furniture are not in front of a radiator.
32) Fridges – Avoid leaving the fridge door open. Try not to put hot or warm food straight into the fridge; allow it to cool first instead.
33) Freezers – Defrost your freezer and fridge regularly to keep them running efficiently and cheaply. If they seem to frost up quickly, check the door seal.
34) Kitchen – Avoid putting your fridge next to an oven or boiler. If possible, keep the freezer in a cool room or garage.
35) Washing – Only wash full loads or use a half-load or economy programme.
36) Laundry – Always use a low temperature programme as modern washing powders will be just as effective.
37) Dishwashers – Modern dishwashers use less energy and water than washing up by hand.
38) Cooking – Match the size of the ring to the size of the saucepan or you will be paying to heat the air. Gas flames should only heat the bottom of the pan (not the sides).
39) Cover-up – Use a lid on saucepans, so the contents heat more quickly and you use less energy.
40) Cooking – Pressure cookers, steamers and microwaves save energy.
41) Laundry – During the summer, dry your clothes outside when possible.
42) Drying clothes – If you are drying your clothes indoors, don’t put them over a radiator. Try putting up a clothes rail in an unheated room, opening the window slightly to allow damp to escape and shutting the door.
43) Have a knocker on the front door instead of a doorbell.
44) Air-source heat pumps – Absorbs heat from the air outside to warm your house. Air-to-air systems create hot air, which is pumped through the building. Air-to-water systems heat water passed into the building through radiators. Air-source heat pumps could save up to £185 a year for a gas-heated home and £760 a year for an electrically heated home.
45) Biomass – These heaters burn natural material such as wood and animal waste to create heat. A wood-pellet boiler could save you £750 a year in an electrically heated home.
46) Ground-source heat pumps – Takes heat from the ground into your house. Could save £250 a year for houses heated by gas and up to £880 in electrically heated homes.
47) Computers – The Eco-Button, which plugs into your computer’s USB port, makes sure your PC and monitor use as little energy as possible when you are not working.
48) Solar power – Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels could save up to £230 a year on electricity bills.
49) Wind power – Turbines can be installed on rooftops or on masts to generate electricity. Excess power can be sold to energy companies.
50) Television – Intelli-Plug makes sure your TV switches itself off completely rather than staying on stand-by.