Taking just a few simple measures, such as turning your heating down, or switching to a lower washing machine setting, can have a significant effect on annual bills and the sooner you start making changes, the greater the savings will be.

Here are Money Supermarket’s 10 top ways for you to bring down your bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

1. Insulate your loft

Poorly insulated roofs and walls can be a major cause of energy wastage. But with decent loft insulation, you could save between £115 and £220 a year, depending on the type of property you have and where you live, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

2. Upgrade your boiler

Did you know inefficient boilers could be adding a few hundred pounds to your energy bills? That means that upgrading yours could be a great way to cut what you pay in the long term.

It’s also a great way to dramatically reduce your home’s carbon emissions – boilers account for 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas-heated home.

Boilers are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient. If yours is at the lower end of the scale then investing in a new one could save you a packet over the long-term.

3. Hang thick curtains and insulate your doors

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best. Hanging thicker curtains over windows will prevent heat escaping and make your home much snugger, especially once the nights become longer.

You can also buy cheap stick-on insulation to run down the sides of drafty doors – it will all add up to a warmer home and lower bills.

4. Watch your energy consumption

Do you know how much energy you waste? Investing in an energy monitor will help you to find out. They cost around £25 to £40 but some gas and electricity companies give them to customers for free.

Put it somewhere your whole family can see it, like the kitchen. Some of these handy gadgets work out how much your energy use is costing, so that’s a really good reminder to cut back.

You can find out more about energy monitors in our guide.

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