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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: July 6, 2022

It is no secret that energy prices continue to dominate the headlines, which is a cause of concern for many.

The Online Mortgage Advisor team is committed to helping out our community not just when it comes to getting a mortgage but also when it comes to living in their home.

Home owners often think that improving energy efficiency must come with a significant price tag, but there are some aspects you can try to make your home more energy efficient without spending a lot of money.

That’s why we put together this handy guide for finding ways to save energy to help keep your bills manageable.

Low cost tips

Cheaper energy saving options may seem obvious, but they can really save you money and help the environment.

Dry laundry outdoors when possible – The weather can be unpredictable at times, but drying laundry outdoors instead of using a tumble dryer or central heating can save you money. During the summer months, we see much more warm and breezy air, so this tactic is especially useful.

Make the most of natural light – Natural light is at its best during the summer, which is perfect taking advantage of those longer days. If you don’t need to turn the lights on, keep them off! Most people light up their rooms before they’ve even opened their curtains in the morning, but now is the time to prioritize natural light. If it is cold outside, you might find it helpful to let in as much light as possible during the colder months to help warming up some rooms.

Don’t leave appliances on standby – We’re all guilty of leaving appliances on standby, but turning appliances off with a remote control results in the device being turned off partially. Consider how many TVs, PCs, laptops and games consoles you have in your household. Just one of these left on standby can waste a considerable of electricity if added up over the course of a year.

Install LED light bulbs

LED bulbs are one of the best investments you can make when you need to turn on the lights, as they use less energy than traditional bulbs. Today's LED bulbs are regarded as one of the most energy-efficient and powerful light sources available. Various brightness levels and colours are available, and homeowners have many options to choose from.

Turn that thermostat down

The experts say if you lower your central heating thermostat by just one degree, not only will you not notice the temperature difference, but you could save over £100 a year. It might also be a good idea to change your heating program so it turns on less frequently when you are not home and does not come on at all when you are not present.

Use heating wisely

Despite being obvious, this tip is often overlooked! Your home probably has central heating, and each room in your house has its own thermostat, so think about the rooms you rarely or never use. The heating can be turned off in certain locations around house which in the long run could bring your energy costs down.

What else can be done?

We’ve talked about some cheaper options of energy efficiency but there are some ways to help that might cost a little extra but could really help over time.

Boiler maintenance/upgrade

  An inefficient boiler could add over £200 to your annual energy bill, so investing in a well-run boiler can help you save money over time. You can also dramatically reduce your property’s carbon emissions by installing a new boiler if your current boiler is near the end of its life. The importance of regular boiler maintenance goes beyond just reducing energy costs, but also ensuring that your home’s boiler runs safely.


Uninsulated walls account for a great deal of energy lost in your home. Cavity wall insulation can save you hundreds of pounds per year and make your home more energy efficient. There is a possibility that you will have to pay a lot of money for this job depending on the size of your house, but the benefits you will receive will make up for it. In the event that you decide to sell your property in the future, it would also make the house much more appealing.

Seal all windows 

One of the most common ways you lose heat from your home is through gaps in windows and doors. If your windows are draughty, you should consider adding weatherstripping around their frames. One of the most inexpensive ways to lower your winter energy consumption is to seal gaps and cracks.

FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of the most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs.

Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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