Energy advice

Top ways to reduce your energy bills

1. Insulate your home

Insulating your home will save you money on your energy bills for many years. Solid wall insulation can save you over £245, cavity wall insulation can save you around £145, and loft insulation can save you up to £130 on your fuel bill each year.* See our wall and loft insulation pages for details and grants available.

2. Upgrade your boiler if it’s old

Heating and hot water account for 55% of most energy bills. By replacing a really inefficient (G, F or E rated) gas boiler with a modern A rated one you could typically save between £120 and £200 on your annual energy bills.* See our boiler and heating page for details and grants available.

3. Switching supplier

You, like many others, may be paying too much for your energy as energy suppliers may put customers on an expensive standard tariff when their contract ends or when you move home. By switching suppliers, you could save over £300 per year. Price comparison sites offer the simplest way to compare suppliers’ prices. Even if you don’t want to switch supplier, you should contact your supplier to ensure you are on their cheapest tariff.

4. Be in control

Use your heating controls effectively and use a smart meter to monitor your energy usage:

  • Set the room thermostats appropriately (main living space 21C and other rooms 18C)
  • Use the timer controls to set your heating to when it is needed and to come on 30 mins before it is needed
  • Set your hot water thermostat to 60C
  • Only set your electric immersion heaters on a timer to heat hot water when absolutely necessary

5. Kitchen savings

Small changes can add up:

  • Only boil the water you need in the kettle
  • Microwave small items rather than using an electric cooker
  • Put lids on pans to reduce the heat loss and steam
  • Use economy settings on appliances such as 30C on your washing machine

6. Bathroom habits

Reducing the water you use can save energy and reduce your water bills if you are on a meter:

  • Shower instead of bathe
  • Reduce the length of your shower

7. See the light

Simple light and appliance tips can save you money too:

  • Turn lights and appliances off when not in use
  • Use the most energy efficient light bulbs
  • Close your curtains at night to prevent heat loss

8. Maximise your household income

Saving money on energy is great but if you still can’t afford to pay your energy bills, you should use our free and confidential benefits advice and support services to check whether you are entitled to any/additional benefits. Many of our customers have seen their income increase by thousands per year which has helped them to afford to heat their home effectively. You may also then be eligible for home energy efficiency grants offering up to 100% of the costs.

*Source: Energy Saving Trust, based on a semi-detached house with mains gas heating.

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