The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation that helps homes and businesses use less energy. Discover how efficient your home is – and changes that could save you money on energy bills.

Make an Action Plan for your Energy

Use the Energy Saving Trust tool to understand the changes that could make your home more energy efficient. Answer a few questions to get a personalised action plan.

Your plan will include:

  • Estimated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating
  • CO2 emissions estimate
  • Energy costs
  • Ideas for energy saving home improvements

From insulation to boilers, your action plan will include information on what changes you could make, how much they may cost and the amount they could reduce your bills.

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Energy saving tool

Answer a few questions about your home to access a personalised plan that could help you use less energy.

Estimates of home improvement costs and potential savings are based on the information you input into the tool and on assumptions made about properties like yours. YBS cannot make any guarantee about the costs of the work required or any savings that can be made and you are responsible for making your own decision. Your action plan does not replace an assessment from a qualified installer. We suggest getting at least three quotes before making any decisions.

Energy related additional lending

You could benefit from a lower rate if you borrow more on your mortgage and spend at least half of the loan on any of the following:

  • Loft Insulation (no foam spray)
  • Solid wall Insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Double or triple glazing to replace single glazing
  • uPVC external doors
  • Solar panels
  • A heat pump (ground or air).
The remaining half of the loan can be used for any other home improvements. 

To find out more speak to one of our friendly mortgage specialists

 Check energy labels

When buying a new appliance, look out for its energy label.

The higher the rating, the more energy efficient it is, which helps reduce the environmental impact and save on running costs.

An appliance with an ‘A’ rating will be more energy efficient to run.

Try shorter showers

Setting a time limit on your morning shower could help you save.

A 4-minute shower could save a typical household £95 a year on their bills, and an extra £60 if you’re on a water meter.

Try putting on a song to help you keep track of the minutes.

Insulate to save

Insulating means you’ll use less fuel to heat your home, and you could reduce your carbon emissions by 1310kgs of C02 per year in a detached house.

Insulating your home can be a reliable way to save heat in the winter, keep cool in the summer and save money on your energy bills.

 Turn down the thermostat

Turning the thermostat down in your home by one degree may not seem like much.
Adjusting your thermostat from 20C to 19C could save 10% on your heating bills every year.

 Boil what you’ll need

Instead of a full kettle, boiling the water you need will get you a cuppa quicker, as well as saving you money.

Only boiling the amount of water you’re going to use could save up to £21.70 per year.

Unplug chargers

Unplug your mobile phone's charger when the battery is fully charged.

You could save up to £80 in energy bills by unplugging a charger when it’s not in use.

Help with the Cost of Living

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