Tips that cost nothing

ECO

  • ECO is designed to provide funding for home improvements, to help households save money on their energy bills. Some of the improvements are free to people who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Go easy on heating

  • Run your heating for just one hour less every day
  • Keep the air flow vents on your electric heaters clear of any obstructions
  • Turn down your thermostat by one degree

Wise up about water

  • Install an energy efficient shower head
  • Fix any drips - leaks waste a lot more water than you think
  • Take a shower - it's faster, cheaper and more efficient than a bath

Cook with care

  • Use the right sized pan for the food and the hob
  • Keep saucepan lids on to keep in the heat
  • Make toast in the toaster, not under the grill
  • Only boil as much water as you need rather than filling the kettle up

Turn off the lights and the TV

  • If you're not in the room for a while - switch off the lights
  • Turn off your appliances instead of leaving them on standby

Don't forget the fridge

  • Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to improve their efficiency
  • Don't put hot food directly in the fridge - let it cool down first
  • Position fridges and freezers as far from cookers and heaters as you can

Wash wisely

  • Run your washing machine on full loads - and use half load or economy programmes if you have them
  • Use low energy programmes on dishwashers for all but the very dirtiest of dishes

Close the curtains

  • Shut out the night and keep in the heat, but make sure you don't drape your curtains over radiators as this sends heat straight out of your windows

Tips that cost a little

Use energy efficient light bulbs

An energy efficient light bulb uses up to 80% less electricity than an incandescent bulb and could last up to ten times longer(1).

Give your hot water cylinder a new jacket

If you have an old hot water tank, putting on a new 75mm jacket on your hot water cylinder could make a difference.

Stop the heat from your radiators escaping

Radiator panels help save that heat by reflecting it back into the room. They slide in easily, and you can fit them yourself in minutes. And by reducing the amount of heat that's wasted, they could help you save money on your heating bills.

Tips that cost a bit more

Green deal

Green Deal makes home energy saving improvements accessible and affordable for many homes across the UK.  The improvements should reduce the amount of energy you use, which could result in lower household energy bills and a warmer home.

Make your floors draught proof

Improve your home by insulating your floors. Cut out draughts by sealing gaps between skirting boards and floors. Generally, you’ll just need a tube of sealant, which you can get from most DIY stores

Update your appliances

Next time you need to replace your tumble dryer, washing machine, fridge, freezer or other domestic appliances, make sure you get one that’s as energy efficient as possible. When you're out shopping look for the Energy Saving Trust's ‘Energy Saving Recommended’ logo.

Two panes of glass are better than one

Double glazed windows have two panes of glass, with a space between filled with air or gas. This creates an insulating barrier, which reduces heat loss, noise and condensation. If you feel that you can’t replace your windows, you could ask a professional to attach another sheet of glass to the inside of your existing window frame.

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Visit our energy shop

Energy saving products and much more can be found at the EDF Energy shop.

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Government initiatives

The government has introduced several initiatives aimed at making energy saving and energy-generating improvements easier to afford for households across the UK.