Reducing My Energy Bills

Check your Tariff (More Choice)

  • Energy suppliers are all competing with each other, so the difference between the cheapest and most expensive gas and electricity can be as much as £200 a year
  • Check your tariff on comparison sites, for example uswitch or moneysupermarket


Direct Debit - Change How You Pay

  • The cheapest way to pay your energy bills is by monthly direct debit
  • It could save you about £50 a year to pay by direct debit
  • Many energy companies offer discounts to customers who agree to pay this way
  • Speak to your energy company to see if they provide such discounts.


Regular Meter Readings

  • If your meters aren’t read regularly, your bills will be based on estimated readings. This means you could end up paying for more energy than you use
  • Read your meter regularly and update your supplier to keep track of what your using and cut back if you need to.

 

Make Changes At Home

Curtains

  • Close the curtains as soon as it gets dark to reduce draughts and heat loss through the windows


Water heating

  • Remember not to set the thermostat too high on your water heater
  • 60C/140F should be high enough


Fridges and freezers

  • Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to keep them running efficiently
  • Try to keep your fridge or freezer away from cookers or heaters
  • Don’t leave the fridge door open longer than you need to
  • Let warm foods cool down before putting them in the fridge


Lights

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room


Appliances

  • Don’t leave your TV or other appliances on standby/charge unnecessarily. This could save up to £90 per year on electricity bills

 

Home laundry

  • Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine
  • Set the washing machine temperature to 30C instead of 60C
  • Where possible, dry your clothes on a line or airier instead of using a tumble dryer


Cooking

  • Use a toaster rather than grill to make toast
  • Use the right size pan and hob ring for the food you’re cooking
  • Keep saucepan lids on and turn down the heat. This will also make the food cook more quickly
  • Use a kettle to boil water for cooking and only boil as much as you need
  • Check what you have in the fridge/freezer before you go shopping. Doing this will help save you money on your food shopping bill
  • Cut food into smaller pieces to speed up the cooking time
  • Keep the oven door shut as much as possible and make sure the glass door is clean so you can see when the food is ready
  • Cooking big batches of food at once is more energy efficient. Storing spare portions in the freezer gives you a supply of ‘ready’ meals


Heating

  • Avoid opening doors and windows to cool a room if it’s too hot. Turn the heating down instead
  • Shut doors to keep heat in the rooms used the most
  • Block up draughts around windows and doors
  • Heat your home for an hour less each day, but take care not to turn the heating down too much
  • Try not to put furniture in front of radiators as the heat will be wasted
  • Don’t leave your heating on a low setting all day - this won’t save you money
  • Instead, set your timer so it comes on just before you wake up in the morning and before you get home at night
  • Set your room thermostat to between 18-21C to make sure your living space is kept at a healthy temperature
  • If you set your thermostat higher than 21C, turn it down by just 1C to save money
  • Keep extra blankets by the bed so you can easily adjust your temperature during the night