What can individuals do?

Ideas and tips to help everyone limit their impact on climate change. This information has been curated by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust

Kitchen and bathroom

Take simple steps to save money in the kitchen.

Save £28 a year by cutting back on washing machine and dishwasher use by one cycle a week, and only filling the kettle with the water you need.

Cutting your shower time by just one minute can make a big difference. If everyone in a four-person household with a water meter did this, you could save £50 a year!

Switching to a water efficient shower head could save a four-person household with a water meter around £80 on gas and water bills – quite a saving!

Appliances and lighting

Looking for a quick and easy way to save money? Turn your appliances off instead of leaving them on standby – you could save £40 a year, and you’ll be saving energy too. 

Are you guilty of leaving lights on? Turning lights off when you’re not using them, even just for a few seconds, could save you £14 a year on your bills. It all adds up.

If it’s time to replace a lightbulb, go for an LED. Replacing all your bulbs with LEDs would cost the average household around £145, but you’ll save £35 a year on your bills.

Heating and draught-proofing 

Feeling a chill? Unless your home is very new, you’ll lose some heat through draughts. Draught-proofing could save you £30 a year on your bills and your home will feel warmer

Don’t let heat escape through your chimney – installing a chimney draught excluder could save you around £20 a year on your bills and make your home feel more comfortable 

More than half of the money spent on fuel bills goes on heating and hot water. Try turning your room thermostat down by just one degree – you could save around £65 a year

It pays to be in control of your heating. Installing and using a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves could save you around £85 a year. 

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Products, food and garden waste

These tips have been collated by the council and its partners.

Buy local produce which hasn’t travelled as far to get to the shop. It’s good for the environment and you can support local businesses at the same time. Also try to choose products that don’t have lots of packaging and remember to use your recycling bins as much as possible.

Eat fewer meat-based meals - carbon emissions associated with a plant based diet are much lower compared to a meat based one.

Millions of tonnes of food go to waste each year in the UK. If you find that you don’t get round to using food before it goes off, use your food waste recycling caddy. Even better, consider buying less when shopping. Love food, hate waste? There’s a website for that.

Donate items to charity shops or recycle groups to give them a new lease of life. Alternatively, you can take them to the Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycle centre for free.

Don't burn your garden waste - instead, take it to the Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycle centre for free, or compost it at home.


Try to take fewer journeys by car if you can. Much of the borough can be reached by bike or by walking. Not only will you be reducing your carbon emissions, you’ll be saving money and getting fitter in the process. If you don’t have a bike, take a look at the Try Before You Bike scheme.

If you do have to drive, please don’t idle your engine unnecessarily. Not only does this waste fuel, it pollutes the air we all breathe and releases carbon in to the atmosphere.

If you are considering buying an electric vehicle, you could be eligible for funding to help, depending on the vehicle type.

TfL has created an app to help people get about London easily. The app lets you check for walking and cycling routes for all or part of your journey.

Last Modified: 05/07/2022 11:42:42