Ensuring your household has optimal energy efficiency can shrink your carbon footprint and save you money.

Explore this area for tips on how to save energy and get advice on home improvements like loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. And see how you could get paid for your renewable energy with the Smart Export Guarantee.

Guides to saving energy at home

Energy-efficient appliances

  • Energy-efficient condensing boilers
    An A+ rated boiler can really help save on your energy bills. Find out how they work and the benefits of having one fitted.
  • Energy-efficient lighting and light bulbs
    Find out about the different types of light bulb. Choosing the right bulbs for your home could save you energy and money.
  • Storage heaters
    If you heat your home with electricity, you may have storage heaters. Get the most out of them with our guide to how they work.


  • Loft insulation
    Loft insulation will stop heat escaping through your roof. Find out how insulation works and how much you could save.
  • Cavity wall insulation
    Find out how filling in your cavity walls can keep the heat in, saving you energy and money.
  • Solid wall insulation
    Learn about solid wall insulation. It's usually more expensive to install than cavity wall insulation but can save you money in the long run.
  • Insulating your hot water tank
    Get advice on how to insulate a hot water cylinder and why it could save you energy and money all year round.
  • How to make a draught excluder
    Find out how to keep the cold at bay by making your own door draught excluder.

Heating controls

In-Home Display dashboard showing readings for gas and electricity

Smart meters

  • Introducing smart meters
    Smart meters are an exciting new type of energy meter that could help you save time and energy. Find out more about what they are and how they work.

  • Saving money with a smart meter
    Smart meters track your energy use in pounds and pence. Try to make small changes to see if you can reduce the energy you use in your home. You might find you can save money with your smart meter.

  • Get a smart meter
    Smart meters show you how much energy you're using in real time. That gives you a better idea of what to switch off or turn down in your home to use less – which could help save you money.

Making and managing energy

  • Smart Export Guarantee
    Do you make energy at home by microgeneration like solar panels or ground-source heat pumps? Find out how you can sell the excess back to an energy supplier.

  • Annual Energy Review
    Find out more about our Annual Energy Review. We’ll check your energy account to help you save energy and money.

Sustainable homes with SSE

  • About renewable energy
    Renewable energy is the future of power. Find out more about it and how you can get 100% renewable electricity and five trees planted each year on your behalf with our Go Green add-on.

  • The Green Deal scheme
    The Green Deal scheme is a financial scheme that helps people to make energy-saving improvements to their homes.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI)
    This UK Government initiative aims to encourage households to use renewable heating by providing financial support. If you have a sustainable energy source at home, you could be eligible for help.

  • Energy Performance Certificate ratings and costs (EPC)
    An EPC shows the energy efficiency of your home. You'll need to know your EPC rating if you're trying to sell or rent a property.