In 'Is a smart home a smart choice?' we looked at some of the tech that can save you money, but there are other things you can do to help you cut down the cost of your energy bills.
If you've been with the same energy supplier for a while, it could be wise to look online at a price comparison site to see if you could get a better deal. Sometimes, switching to paperless bills can bring you a discount, too.
Something else that could reduce your bills is turning down the thermostat. Independent organisation Energy Savings Trust claim that installing and correctly using a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves could save you £75 a year, based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas-fuelled home.
If that's not possible, here's a bright idea; changing to energy saving light bulbs can cut costs, especially with LED bulbs that last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Simply switching off a light when you leave a room can make a difference too. After all, the smallest savings add up.
Something else that will add up are the savings you could make from stopping heat escaping from your house. Whilst professional draught-proofing could be required, starting with a draught excluder at the door is a good step. You could go further and insulate your loft and cavity walls to make further energy savings.
But what else can you do inside your home? Choosing energy-efficient 'A-rated' white goods can save money, especially for things that you frequently use, such as a fridge, freezer, oven, TV and washing machine.
You may also want to think about a boiler because a great deal of energy spending is due to heating. A new condensing boiler could save you hundreds of pounds a year according to Energy Savings Trust, meaning the cost of the boiler and fitting could be offset within a few years. Having it serviced every year will maintain its efficiency too, so that it can keep running at its best.
On the subject of heating, if you pay your gas and electricity bills by Direct Debit, you may be in credit and could request a refund. Be careful though that doing so won't put you in debt for the Winter.
You can find out online if you could benefit from a grant for solar panels, insulation or a new money that will help you to heat your home for less. Take a look at the Government's page on improving energy efficiency as well as how to make your home greener.
Savings, whether large or small, all add up and when put into a savings account, you'll see that making even tiny changes are maximised. If you're ready to put aside your energy savings for a rainy day and treat yourself and your family in the future, take a look at savings accounts that are available to you.