We've put together a checklist of 17 ways you could cut your energy bills if you're renting your home.
You don't have to be a homeowner to make your property more energy-efficient - just a few simple quick fixes could save you significant amounts of money on your heating, gas and electricity bills.
There are a lot of measures you can take that can have a significant impact on your heating bills. Some are free, others come in at under £25.
Free ways to save energy if you're renting
- Turn your thermostat down by 1°C - this can save you as much as £60 per year.
- Wear more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house and put an extra blanket on the bed.
- Turn the pressure down on the power shower, you'd be surprised how much water they use - sometimes even more than a bath.
- Bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on.
- When cooking food on a hob, use a pan that is the appropriate size - using an unnecessarily large pan wastes a lot of energy.
- 90% of a washing machine's energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40°C you can save significant amounts of money.
- Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble-drying it, particularly if it's hot and windy weather.
- Take your clothes out of the dryer before they're completely dry - they'll iron much quicker.
- Unplug all the appliances that you aren't using regularly.
- On a sunny day, opening your curtains will let warmth into your house, and keeping them closed on a cold day will help keep it warm.
Spend £25 or under and save money on bills.
The Radiator Booster - the Radiator Booster cuts your heating bills by encouraging the warm air to circulate around your room.
It's a small fan that sits on top of your radiator, so the room heats up in half the time. This means your boiler needn't work as hard, saving you money.
It's estimated that a Radiator Booster could save you £70 to £140 a year on your heating bill, depending on your household's heating requirements.
Energy-saving light bulbs - If you haven't already installed energy-saving lightbulbs, now is the time. Installing five energy-saving light bulbs could save you £32 a year.
Freeloader Pico - a very compact and lightweight portable solar charger that enables you to recharge your gadgets for free, by using the power of the sun.
Block draughts - attach a draught excluder to the bottom of your doors.
Using draught excluders, particularly in old, large houses can reduce your heating bills and improve your level of comfort.
Chimney balloons - Using a chimney balloon, or chimney pillow, is an efficient way to stop the heat escaping up the chimney and keeps the cold air out.
They're very easy to install and inexpensive by comparison with what you'll save - studies have shown that 40% of the heat in a room can disappear up the chimney.
Insulate your pipes and tanks - both tank and pipe insulation keep your water hotter for longer by reducing the amount of heat that escapes.
A more expensive tip (which could pay for itself)
Insulate your loft - you might think this isn't worthwhile if you're renting, but it could be.
Loft-insulation costs about £150, but it could save you an average of £128 a year. So as long as you're planning to stay put for at least a year and a quarter, you'll make a saving.
Recommendations for your landlord
Speak to your landlord about making bigger energy-saving changes - they might be more open-minded about making energy-efficient improvements to the property than you'd think.
You could suggest splitting the cost of some improvements, or your landlord could apply for an energy-saving grant or scheme.