Energy Efficiency

Small changes to your energy consumption can have a big effect on your bills. Here are a few tips on how you can save energy and money, which of course will also help the environment.

In the home

While it’s important to have a warm home, lowering your thermostat by even just 1 degree can help reduce your energy bill.

The best way to make savings in the kitchen is by using A+ rated appliances, which we strongly recommend. And here are a couple of even simpler steps:

  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need.
  • Wherever possible, use your microwave instead of your oven. They are far more efficient and much less time consuming than conventional ovens.
  • If you have an Economy 7 tariff, time your dishwasher and dryer to come on during the cheaper rate.

And here are a few others ways you can save energy in the home:

  • Replace all your old light bulbs with those energy efficient CFL ones. Yes they’re a little more expensive but they’ll massively reduce your consumption. So in the long run, they’ll end up saving you money.
  • Unplug all those devices every night at home. We know, it all sounds very tedious, but it can reduce your energy consumption by around 25%.
  • Insulate your attic and install double glazed windows. Un-insulated homes lose a huge amount of energy through the roofs and windows.

Free Energy advice - Energy service guidance

For independent, expert advice on saving energy in your home, contact your local energy advice centre:

England and Wales: Contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (all you pay for is a national rate call). Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Alternatively you can email energy-advice@est.org.uk.

Scotland: Call Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 or use this link (Energy Saving Trust Scotland contact page) to complete the correct contact form.