Wondering about the best ways to save energy, for your bills and the environment? We've answered some of the common this or that questions for saving energy at home, room by room. 

1) Kitchen  

Cook for me, or 3? Cooking a few meals at a time is more energy efficient (and will win you housemate points). 

Boil or steam veg? Steaming uses less water and has been found to keep more nutrients in your veg. Lids on pots save energy too. 

Washing up v dishwasher? To our delight, the dishwasher is more energy efficient if you have a full load.

2) Bathroom 

Bath or shower? This is a tip as old as time – if you can, stick to baths for treats and showers for regular washes.

Hot short showers or long warm ones? Either! People often forget that showers use energy as well as water. Aim for 4 minutes – enough time to give your best Adele rendition. 

After your shower, door open or door closed? After a lot of debate, we say... an open window (if you have one), the extractor fan on AND the door open! 

3) Bedroom 

Socks on or off? Your feet are one of the coldest parts of your body so keep them on to keep your tootsies toasty. They can also help you drift off more easily.  

Windows closed or open in winter? Open! It’s really important to have daily air flow to prevent mould and mildew. Open your windows for 10 minutes in the morning (just remember to close them!) 

Cotton v silk? For PJ’s, silk, flannel and bamboo keep you the warmest. (But don’t rush out to buy a new pair, the most sustainable wardrobe is the one you already have).  

4) Living room 

Team big light or lamps? Regardless of your lighting mood, switch to LED bulbs and make sure you switch them off when you leave a room.  

Clothes horse or over the radiator? Avoid wet clothes directly on the radiator as this will reduce air flow. Follow the light and move your clothes horse to wear the sun is shining throughout the day.  

Curtains open or closed? Thick curtains will keep the heat in but on sunnier days the heat from the sun will warm up a room. 

Plug-in heater v traditional radiators? Trust your heating on this one. It is estimated that plug-in heaters are 3 ½ times more expensive to run than using radiators.

Hungry for more? 

We've got plenty more tips for keeping your home cosy without raising the costs. Did you know your digital footprint such as email inbox and photo gallery can be a huge source of energy use too?