Shropshire Council

Energy efficiency and money saving tips

Small changes that make a big difference

It’s surprising how little you need to do to save energy and reduce your bills. Below are some straightforward tips on energy efficiency provided by energy experts, The Energy Saving Trust*.  

tick Draught-proof your doors and windows

Preventing draughts using a cushion or draught excluder is a simple way to save between £25 and £50 a year in energy costs.

tick Use light-coloured lampshades

They allow more light out than a darker shade, so you need fewer lamps on at any given time.

tick Invest in energy-saving LED light bulbs

They cost more than normal bulbs, but each one saves you as much as £35 every year.

 Use a kettle to boil water when cooking

It’s cheaper and quicker than heating the water from cold in a saucepan. Match the hob size to the pan and put a lid on to keep the heat in so that it heats up more quickly.

 Use a microwave

They use less energy than a conventional oven, and your food’s ready a lot sooner.

 Turn your heating down

You could save £75 a year by turning your heating down by just one degree.

 Wash clothes at 30°

You’ll end up using a whopping 40% less energy than at 40°.

 Only wash full loads

It saves water and reduces wear and tear on your washing machine.

 Install a ‘low-flow’ eco-efficient shower head

You could save up to £160 a year on gas, electricity and water bills with this clever device.

 Organise your ironing

Pile it up in order of temperature setting, with ‘cool’ items at the top. By not switching to and fro, you’ll save time and money.

 Get smart meters installed

Saving money is much easier when you can see how much energy you’re actually using. With a smart meter installed, you can keep track of what it’s costing in pounds and pence. This gives you more control of the energy you’re using, and what you’re spending on it, every day. Find out more about smart meters on the SSE website.

*All energy saving tips were sourced from the Energy Saving Trust, an independent, not for profit organisation, in April 2017.