So you’ve moved into your new home and are happily settling into domestic bliss finally in the home of your dreams. The last thing you need right now is a little greeting from the energy supplier with a bill for more than you can afford.

House removals can be a costly experience, with the mortgage to secure, estate agent fees and choice of removal company to consider… and that’s before you get started on the furnishings!

All in all, if you can save money on the smaller things the rest will fall into place. We’ve teamed up with our friends, the experts in energy efficiency Cosy Homes in Lancashire, to provide you with some tips for cutting energy consumption down a size.

1) Take control of your heating

Did you know more than half of money spent on your fuel bills goes towards heating and hot water? Having a modern A-rated boiler not only heats your home but could save you up £340 a year on your gas bill.

It’s worth checking this when viewing a property to avoid more costly repairs once you’ve moved in.  Depending on the age of your boiler the right controls will let you: set your heating to come on and off only when you need them; heat only the areas of your house that need heating and set the temperature for each area of your home.

2) Installation

If you’re lucky enough to have secured a home with additional loft space, then we salute you! However, we would also like to remind you to check for insulation.

Heat rises and, in a home that is not insulated, up to a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your roof, attic or flat is a simple and cost effective way to keep warm and well in your new home. This is especially useful if you have a loft bedroom and want to maintain a healthy temperature before turning in for the night.

3) Make the switch to LEDs

You can now get spotlight LEDs that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings, and as the name suggests, they shine a spotlight on your picture perfect home. Lights, camera, action!

What’s more, LEDs are even more energy efficient. They last up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescents, and use only 2-17 watts of electricity.

4) Stay warm the eco-friendly way

There’s a lot of talk about keeping warm on those bitterly cold winter days, but what about the summer?

At this time, avoid using air conditioners. Open a window, draw the blinds and switch on a fan to reduce the use of heat-inducing home appliances. In the winter, insulate windows by using long, heavy drapes and layer up on clothing to feel extra snug at home.

5) Turn down the thermostat

Turning up your thermostat will heat your home faster though? Not exactly! Don’t pay for heat you’re not using. If you’re out all day (or tucked up in bed at night) there’s no need to have the heating on full wack.

In truth, switching your thermostat down just 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10% saving you £85 a year. You can also cut your heating costs by installing certain heating controls. If you don’t already have a room thermostat, consider installing one to save up to £70 a year. If you fit a hot water tank thermostat that’s a further £30 off your heating bill.

By applying these five simple green, money-saving tips, you’re well on the way to living an eco-friendly life with a much lower energy bill to top it off.