How to reduce your energy bills

With many of us worrying about the huge price rise in energy bills it is time to think of creative ways to keep warm and save energy at home and be kinder to the planet.

Did you know that 75% of our energy costs go on

1 – Laundry

2 – Heating water

3 – Heating our homes

Heating water

  • Turn the water temperature down a notch on your boiler
  • Get a water saving shower head
  • Time your showers
  • Run full dishwasher loads

Heat ourselves

A lot of us are used to use having the heating on high and wandering around our homes in light clothing and bare feet. But if we wrap up indoors this costs us nothing and will save us loads.

If you work from home and find you are sat for long periods of time on zoom calls you will certainly start to feel the cold if you haven’t got the heating on. We lose heat through bare heads, hands & feet so this winter consider wearing indoors some of these items to help keep you snug.

  • Slippers
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Wrist warmers
  • Wooly hats
  • Vests
  • Scarfs
  • Heavy cardigans
  • Dressing gowns
  • Wrap up in blankets
  • PLUS loads of thin layers.

Wearing lots of thin layers works better than just wearing one heavy jumper.

You can also make wrist warmers from old odd socks.

Stay warm in bed

Staying warm in bed is obviously essential for a good night’s sleep.

And there are lots of easy ways to heat ourselves in bed without having radiators on full blast or spending out for electric blankets.

As before, head, feet & layers are key. So to keep yourself warm :

  • Wear thick socks in bed.
  • Wear slippers before bed.
  • Wear a wooly hat in bed.
  • Layer vests & leggings with pyjamas.
  • Pop a thick blanket under the bottom sheet.
  • Make use of sleeping bags if you have them.
  • Take a hot drink to bed with you.
  • Put a hot water bottle in your bed 15 minutes before you go up.

Do open the windows and air your bedrooms quickly in the morning to break down any sweaty odours.


Good home insulation can saves loads of energy and reduces heating bills.

  1. Shut ALL curtains towards the end of the day – this can cut heating loss by 15%!!
  2. Shut all inside doors and windows.
  3. Cover any air vents you may have.
  4. Check window latches and tighten if needed
  5. Use draft stoppers

Heat just a few rooms

A lot of us have got used to open plan living but these areas are big and can be costly to heat.

But if you can

  • Heat fewer rooms.
  • Heat smaller areas.
  • Spend more time in warm rooms.
  • Close doors shut on used rooms to stop heat escaping.
  • Run your heating for an hour less a day.
  • bleed radiators.

Turn radiators down or even off in the rooms that are less used and your boiler will work more efficiently heating key rooms quicker.

Heat rises so if you are working from home try and work upstairs and choose a sunny room.

Spend time together as a family in one room in the evenings rather than all be in separate ones.

Do less laundry

Laundry is typically 10% of household energy. 1 less laundry load a week can cut our energy use significantly. The average family does 5 laundry loads a week, try and cut back to 3 or 4 loads a week if you can.

To cut energy uses

  • Run on an eco cycle if you have one
  • Wash at lower temperatures
  • Pre wash any stained clothing
  • Run full loads
  • Air dry and dry on hangers so it is less ironing resulting in less energy.


Cooking one pot meals in a pressure cooker or slow cooker can save you energy and if you need some inspiration check out one pot wonders for delicious easy recipes.

Air fryers also use a lot less energy and there is so much you can do in them from jacket potatoes to boiled eggs. Get yourself a copy of The ultimate air fryer recipes.

  • Always put lids on pans
  • Only boil water you need
  • Put small pans on small rings
  • Use steamer with sections to cook different veg in same pan.
  • Don’t keep boiling the kettle.
  • Defrost the freezer regularly to prevent it from using more energy than is needed.
  • Clean behind your fridge and freezer, dusty coils can trap air and create heat.


  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Switch lights off when leaving a room
  • Only use lights when needed.
  • Dust bulbs regularly for efficiency
  • Regularly clean light shades.
  • Keep windows clean and clear allowing natural light to come in.
  • Spend more time together in the evening so lighting fewer rooms.

If you are in the market for new home electrical’s invest in A RATED appliances. The better the rating the more energy efficient.

Use a smart metre to stay in control of your energy.

Check your energy tariff.


My Review of the HOTPOINT Ultima S-LINE RPD 9467 JGG Washing Machine

I am so lucky the lovely team at Hotpoint recently send me a new washing machine. The Ultima S-Line RPD 9467 JGG My washing machine was fine but it had been going strong for 6 years and had worked so hard with my constant overuse that a new one was definitely due. I really look after my washing machines and washing machine care is so important.  With the old machine I tended to do at least two washes a day, main reason being it only had a small drum and being a family of 5 and having a Hetty one load was just never enough.

I certainly did need a bigger drum and my new machine has a 9kg drum which has made a huge difference. I can get so much in and my normal load just looks lost. On a good day I now only need to do one load of washing, so that is only one lot of detergent and fabric conditioner daily and I am using less energy. This machine is a premium energy efficent device which comes with an A plus plus plus rating and ensures minimal consumption of power.

Its been so lovely seeing my new shiny machine in my utility room the appearance certainly does grab attention with its LCD screen and smart sleek design. I have now tested out every function and believe me there is a lot. This machine does everything.  This washing machine is super silent and my utility room no longer sounds like an aeroplane is taking off!

Some of the functions that have particularly impressed me are:

Anti Stain Cycle

This function saves the need for a prestain treatment. This worked on tested stains of red wine and coffee at 20 degrees!

Steam hygiene

This amazing function which has really impressed me allows you to wash your clothes at a low temperature and it will still eliminate 99.9% of germs and bacteria.


This is a really delicate function that is great for those beautiful woolen delicate tops that you may own this function cleans well and keep the siftness that can be sometimes lost when washing.

Plus there are a great selection of programmes to choose from.  Whats even better as you pull out the drawer for the detergent and fabric conditioner and there is a list of the programmes so you can never forget and it saves you from looking for the instruction manual. But one negative with the drawer is, it’s very difficult to remove and I do like to remove mine to clean it at least once a week as mould and mildew can build up in this area.

  • Cotton 40°
  • Cotton 60
  • Synthetics
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Duvets
  • Delicates
  • Steam Refresh
  • Eco Cotton
  • Baby
  • Shirts
  • White
  • Woolmark

There is also a delay timer which I use to set so the cycle has finished just as I come downstairs in the morning, this was I can hang my washing out staright away nivce and early or pop it in the tumble drier.  For safety it has a child look and the digital display is very clear so no eye strainning.

I am certainly not a washing machine expert but I have found this machine really easy to use, its super quiet and looks good.

Price point is really good and its availble in many stores such as John Lewis and Tesco plus many online.

Look after you machine and it will continue to keep your laundry smelling good

I hope you found this review useful

Thanks for reading Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

This product was gifted and the opinons in this feature and my own