We're all concerned about rising energy bills. We can sense how much energy we're using, however it's not always clear where and how the energy is being used. Here's an average breakdown:
These percentages take into account how a house is insulated, the systems delivering heat, how efficient the boiler is - but also how hard you drive the heating systems.
Upgrade your old heating system and improving your home insulation and draught proofing can all help to reduce energy use significantly.
Avoid leaving your equipment on 'standby': you could save between £50 and £90 a year.
Choose an appliance with a good energy rating, such as A++
Choose efficient appliances and use them efficiently (e.g. washing at 30°C) - as can line drying clothes when possible.
Save energy by turning lights off when not in use and choosing energy efficient lighting.
Save energy by using the microwave instead of the oven where possible.
Keep your peripheral equipment unplugged when not in use. In general, laptops and tablets use less energy.
Heating is obviously the biggest proportion of your spend. If you want to save energy it's best to go with a combination of approaches. Each building is different in how it uses energy so it's worth getting an expert in who understands this.