Tips that cost nothing


  • 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

  • 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 hot water cylinder jacket 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.

Wise up about water

Install an energy efficient shower head

Draught proofing your doors and windows

Draught proofing takes minutes to install and could save you a significant amount on your heating bills. Simply fill in cracks and gaps around the outside of your window and door frames to draught proof your home.

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.

Insulating your walls and floors

Cavity wall insulation requires only a single installation that is quick and easy. Cavity wall insulation fills in the gaps between your outer and inner walls, which cuts draughts and reduces heat loss. It could save you a lot of money. Floorboards and ceilings can also be insulated. And you could be eligible for free installation if you qualify for the EDF Energy’s ECO scheme.

Reducing heat loss through your loft

Heat rises, and that means a significant amount of heat is lost from your home through the roof. Installing loft insulation is a great way to counter this. A single insulation is effective for at least 42 years so it’s a great investment.

Insulate your entire home

That’s what external solid wall insulation does. By installing insulation boards to the outside walls of your home, you can reduce heat loss through your walls. This is great for homes with a lot of outside-facing walls, and a single insulation could save you a lot of money over the years.


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. Look out 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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HeatSmart by EDF Energy

  • Switch the heating off remotely to save money, If your plans change
  • Professional installation is included in the price and there's no need to change energy supplier or tariff 
Boiler and heating insurance

EDF Energy Protect

Safeguard your home’s boiler, plumbing, wiring and more with EDF Energy’s home emergency insurance range – EDF Energy Protect. Prices start from £1.75 a month for Wiring Protect cover.

  • No excess on claims - unlike some other providers
  • Unlimited call outs up to £1,000 with no charges
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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.