Despite the fact that the recession is technically over – at least according to the experts – there are still many, many people struggling to make ends meet in the UK, and as such people are looking for more ways to save money than ever before.

One area in which a lot of people have managed to cut down on their expenses is their home energy bills. However, without a bit of know-how, doing so is easier said than done. If you’re not sure of the best way to go about saving on your energy bills, then why not take some of these suggestions into consideration?

1 – Give yourself an energy audit

Let’s face it, a lot of us struggle to figure out where exactly we’re spending the most money when it comes to energy, and what items we can make the most savings on by cutting back. One way to get around this is by giving yourself an energy audit – basically, inspecting your home to see where you could cut back on bills by eliminating unnecessary usage.

Simply looking for air leaks (from open windows, doors or the like), checking insulation levels and changing filters in your cooling units could lead to massive savings for you – or at least the satisfaction in knowing where you’re spending unnecessarily.

2 – Improve insulation in your walls and/or attic

While it might seem like quite a large undertaking, adding a little bit of extra insulation to either your exterior walls or your attic can provide you with an extra bit of energy-free warmth.  Doing so isn’t necessarily that expensive, and while it might be the last thing on your mind with spring-time approaching, you’ll be thankful that you took the time to act before next winter!

3 – Choose your light bulbs more carefully

By doing a bit of research into what light bulbs will give you the best return-on-investment, you could save yourself more money than you’d imagine. Fluorescent bulbs can last six times longer than regular bulbs, while using only around a fourth of the energy.

4 – Cook more efficiently!

You can save a surprising amount of energy by using glass and ceramic dishes when you’re cooking. They hold heat better than standard dishes – meaning that you can lower the oven temperature by around 25 degrees when you’re using it, saving energy in the process. Not bad going!

5 – Be efficient when using your fridge

When you’re looking in your fridge or freezer, don’t spend as much time dilly-dallying over what you’re going to eat – believe it or not, every time you do this cold air escapes and your energy costs increase. Similarly, leave room in front of your fridge to allow the cold air to circulate better, and let hot foods cool before popping them in the fridge. Despite the fact that it seems relatively harmless, as soon as you put hot food in a fridge the motor has to work harder to cool it down – costing you money!

Of course, these are literally only a small number of the ways that you could save electricity and cut back on your energy bills, but they’re worth bearing in mind. Particularly with the better weather coming in, now good be the time to make sure you’re fully prepared to save money on your energy costs before the UK’s hit with another cold snap!