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Here are lots of ideas to reduce your costs and carbon footprint.

Click or tap on a room for tips on free and low cost ways to improve your house.

Virtual house: ideas for going green and saving money

  • Windows Changing single glazing for double glazing can save you up to £160 per year.
  • Thermostat If you get too hot, reach for the thermostat before you reach to open the window.
  • Radiators Moving furniture away from radiators and installing radiator reflectors will stop heat being lost into the wall and allow it to circulate more quickly in the room.
  • Thermostat Turning your thermostat down by one degree saves an average of £85-£90 per year.
  • Duvet TOG Get a thicker tog duvet for winter, and a thinner one for summer.
  • Draughts Draughts account for 10-15% of heat lost in a house.
  • Energy Monitors You can use an energy monitor or install a smart meter so you can have a better understanding of when and where you use the most energy at home.
  • Energy Efficient Bulbs Use LED bulbs wherever possible. LED bulbs are 90% cheaper to run than old fashioned bulbs, and 50% cheaper than CFLs on average.
  • Kettle Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year.
  • Washing machine Cut back your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £7 a year on metered water bills.
  • Energy Efficiency Rating When buying appliances, look for products with a high energy efficiency rating.
  • Frost A build up of frost or ice in your freezer can stop it working efficiently, so defrost it regularly.
  • Packaging Pay attention to the amount of packaging that your food comes in: buying fresh is often healthier, cheaper and better for the environment.
  • Insulate Pipes Insulating your pipes costs around £20 DIY, and will pay for itself within two years.
  • Thermostat Set your hot water tank thermostat to 60°C: hot enough to kill bacterial in the tank, but cool enough to save you money.
  • Tyres Check tyre pressure regularly to save up to £15 per year.
  • Cycle Cycle instead of drive: it means 100% carbon savings, cost savings and health benefits!