11:30 15 October 2009
With energy prices rocketing and the cold setting in, the first thing many people will do is to check they are getting the best deal with their supplier - always a good idea.
However, there are many other things you can do that will bring about savings without the hassle of signing contracts.
We look at the sure bets you can take and what annual savings they would grant a three-bedroomed semi.
Loft insulation: The average cost of this is £275, but it could give you an annual saving of £140-180.
Hot water tank insulation: By spending £10 getting your tank insulated, you could save up to £20 a year.
Shower: Think before you have a bath - a shower will use two-thirds less energy.
Boiler: Upgrading to the latest condensing boiler is liable to knock a third off your heating bills.
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Fridge freezer: Buying a fridge bearing an Energy Saving Recommended label could save you up to £35 in electricity costs.
Energy saving lighting: Spend £1.50 on a long-life low-energy bulb and you will probably save £7 a year.
Washing machine: By washing at 40C rather than 60C you will save a third on electricity.
Cavity wall insulation: The average installation cost is £135, but the savings will be around £100 a year.
Double glazing: This will cost you £3,000, but it will save you £60 a year.
Thermostat: Turn this down by 1C and you can save £30 on your bills.
Draught proofing windows and doors: This will cost you £75 to fit, but will save you £10-20 a year
Appliances: Turn off the power - don't use standby!
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