Simple energy saving tips for the home and travel

December 20th, 2021


There are lots of simple things you can do right away to help you save energy and lower your carbon emissions.

Here, we take a look at some top tips you can follow to make a difference at home and on the move!


  • Switching off appliances and avoiding standby can save you £40 per year, and also 50kg of carbon.
  • Line drying your clothes in summer instead of using a tumble dryer can save you £40 per year, and 50kg of carbon.
  • Replacing your lights with LED lights could save you £35 a year, and 40kg of carbon.
  • Avoid overfilling the kettle and save yourself £8 a year on your electricity bill.
  • Switching to a 30-degree wash can save you £10 a year, and 12kg of carbon.
  • Spending one minute less in the shower can save you £20 per person per year, if a family of four all cut one minute off their shower time, they could save 16,000 litres of water.
  • Water tanks and pipes lose heat quickly, so insulating them will keep them hotter for longer, saving you money and reducing the energy you use.
  • Draught-proof your windows and doors to keep heat in the home.
  • An inexpensive way to direct the heat back into your home is to invest in reflective radiator panels.
  • Avoid drying clothes directly on your radiators as it lowers the room temperature, which means the boiler will need to work harder.
  • Understand your energy bill. The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing, but understanding it can go a long way to helping you get to grips with your energy use at home. This video from Home Energy Scotland is a helpful guide.


  • Improve your health and happiness – walking regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease by 35%, while active travel helps manage stress and weight.
  • E-bikes and e-cargo bikes are ideal for anyone who might find cycling physically challenging – e-bikes are 22% less physically demanding than regular bikes, but still allows the rider to be active.
  • Cycling builds muscle and is linked to improved heart and lung capacity.
  • Inflate your car tyres – this lowers resistance on the road and saves on fuel.

Food Waste

  • Check your cupboards for food to avoid over buying.
  • Put lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times.
  • Keep a keen eye on your food’s date labels to avoid wasting food.
  • Make better use of your freezer – a full freezer is more efficient to run than an empty one.
  • Know what you can and cannot freeze.
  • Make a meal plan – and stick to it!


  • Cut down your plastic waste and use reusable straws, and reusable bottles.
  • Learn the rules of recycling.
  • Repurpose jars and containers.