Try to conserve heating by turning the thermostat down, especially at night or when you are out. During colder evenings, you could wear a jumper rather than turn the temperature up in your home!

Many buildings lose heat through gaps in windows and doors, so always keep doors shut. If you do have drafts in the house, you can put strips of insulating foam around doors and windows, so the heat doesn't escape.

Most home appliances have energy-saving settings, so be sure to use these when you are washing clothes or dishes. It is better to put a full load in before you start - small loads use the same amount of energy as full loads.

Always turn off lights when you don't need them, and use energy saving light bulbs wherever possible: they cost a little bit more than normal light bulbs but last a long time and save electricity costs.

If you are making a hot drink, be sure to only fill the kettle with the amount of water you will need: this will save time and money.

If you are putting hot food in the fridge, be sure that it is cool first: that way, the fridge won't have to work extra hard to cool it down. And never leave the door open. The fridge should be kept full, so that it doesn't waste energy.

Try not to heat food straight from the freezer: this wastes energy and can add as much as 25% to the cooking time (and energy) needed to cook it from room temperature. Plan your meals well ahead.