Energy saving tips and advice

Saving energy can save you money, as well as helping the environment. It doesn't take long to do it either – there are lots of easy ways to make your home more energy efficient. Our energy saving tips and ideas can help you on your energy saving journey.

First, find out how much energy you're using

You can't see where you're going unless you know where you started from. So take a look at how much electricity and gas you use at the moment. Read your meters regularly and keep a note of the readings so you know how you're doing. Don't forget to give them to us too! You can give us your readings whenever you like through your online account. If you don't have one yet, you can register using the link at the bottom of the page – it only takes a couple of minutes.

Smart meters make it even easier to keep on top of what you're using with a handy in-home monitor. We'll contact you when we're fitting them in your area, but you can register your interest now. Find out more using the 'About smart meters' link at the bottom of the page.

Time for a quick survey

Let's kick things off with our energy efficiency survey. Just answer some questions about your home and we'll give you a personalised checklist of changes that could save energy. You can find the link at the bottom of the page.

Now, try some small ways to save

Did you know turning your heating down by just one degree can save you around £60 a year? Or that having a full freezer can save you 40% on the energy it uses? Our guide "Helping you save energy and money" has over 50 great energy saving tips you can start using today. There are ideas for every part of your home so you can save on lighting, heating, cooking and more. There's even a guide to how much energy the items in your home actually use.  You'll find a link to the booklet at the bottom of the page.

Think about bigger changes

All the little savings add up, but bigger changes can bump your energy saving into high gear. And you might be able to get help to make them.

You've probably heard how improving the insulation in your home can save you money. As up to 60% of your homes' heat is lost through your roof and walls, it's easy to see why! Double glazing and draught exclusion are also great ways to save.

If you're thinking of getting a new boiler or appliance, go for ones with an A+ rating. These are the most energy efficient. We offer great deals on A+ rated boilers and a free, no-obligation quote. And our online shop has lots A+ rated items like fridges and washing machines, all with free delivery.

Have you ever thought of making your own energy? Solar panels, air-source and ground-source heat pumps are all options to think about. You could even make enough energy to sell what you don't use back to a supplier via a Feed-in Tariff.

And if you need a hand, there's plenty of help

There are lots of organisations that can help you on your energy saving journey. The Energy Saving Trust and National Action Energy offer free, independent energy saving advice. You'll find links to their websites below.