Manchester City Council

Homes & property Energy efficiency: advice and checks

Top tips to help you save

Make your home easier and cheaper to heat, and help prevent climate change too.

  • turn your heating down by just one degree; it can reduce your fuel bill by 10%
  • fit a hot water cylinder jacket on your tank, and insulate all hot water pipes
  • get an energy-efficient boiler - it can save £180 a year,
  • insulate your home - your loft should have at least 250mm (10 inches) of insulation to stop heat escaping
  • use a draught-proofing seal on doors and windows
  • use low energy bulbs - they're cheaper to run and last much longer
  • draw the curtains when it goes dark to keep in the warmth
  • look out for the energy-saving logo when you shop for new appliances like a washing machine or fridge
  • take a shower instead of a bath - it uses just a third of the water
  • don't leave your TV and other electric appliances on stand-by, switch them off
  • making a brew? Only boil the amount of water you need - cuppas taste better when they're made with fresh water
  • switch off the lights in rooms you're not using
  • save in the kitchen; put lids on saucepans and use just enough water to cover the food; use a microwave to cook small meals; defrost your freezer regularly, so it doesn't have to work so hard.

Find out more

  • Check the running costs calculator to find out how much you use on household appliances (we don't take any responsibility for the information or accuracy of this calculator).

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