Top ways to save on energy bills this winter

Get ready for winter.

There are lots of ways to save on energy bills without having to compromise on comfort. Read our top tips on how you could save on energy bills at home today.

1 Down a degree. Just turning your thermostat down by one degree can save you up to £80 per year. For more information on how to save on energy and cut your energy bills, visit www.energysavingtrust.org.co.uk

2 Time your heating. Check your timer switches to make sure your heating is running when you need it. If you can cut the time your heating is in use by one hour a day, you’ll be amazed at the difference this can make to your bill.

3 Heat certain rooms at certain times. You can make considerable savings by heating only the room or rooms you are using. Take care not to risk the health of sick or elderly family members by reducing the overall temperature too much.

4 Switch off standby. Turn that little red light off!  Appliances left on standby are still consuming electricity. Switching them off costs nothing and can save you more than you’d think.

5 Turn lights off when you leave a room. Another small change of behaviour that can lead to considerable savings.

6 Automatically adjust your home's heating. The HeatSmart® smart thermostat can help you save on your winter fuel bills. The easy to use system gives you complete control of your home’s heating via the Netatmo app on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Ongoing analysis lets you keep track of your previous usage patterns and set up a heating schedule that suits you.

Smart features include an Auto Adapt function that automatically adjusts your schedule when the weather gets colder. Frost Guard protects your heating system from freezing in the winter and has a learning function that will track your behaviour and set heating patterns automatically.

7 Take control. With a smart meter, you can take control of your household energy use with a clear, real-time view of the energy you’re using and exactly what it’s costing. Forget about estimated bills. With a smart meter, you’ll only ever pay for the energy you use. Meter readings are constant and automatic – so the inconvenience of a meter reader knocking at your door is a thing of the past too.

EDF Energy smart meters are brought to your home by the Smart Installation Society. As well as installing your meter and in-home-display (IHD), they will show you how to use and get the best out of it.  

If you choose, your smart meter can come complete with an ‘in-home display’ that makes it easy to monitor your usage and your spend as well as offering a range of smart features like daily, weekly or monthly comparisons.

8 Warm home discount. This government-led scheme gives eligible customers a one-off £140 rebate towards their energy costs. If you get Pension Credit, you automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate (provided your name is on your energy bill and on 9 July  2017, you were getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit). If you don’t automatically qualify, you can still apply. You can see the full Warm Home Discount eligibility criteria on our Warm Home Discount page.

9 Get insulated.

Insulating your home doesn’t have to be expensive and can make a real difference if you’re looking to cut your energy bills. You could make energy efficient home improvements with a subsidy from the government’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme. Find out if your home qualifies for help with loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or a replacement gas boiler by visiting our ECO page or calling us on 0333 200 5119(1).

To make sure your home isn't losing heat needlessly, find out more about our insulation products.

If you have bigger home improvement plans, you can borrow between £3,000 and £20,000 with an EDF Energy personal loan. Factoring an insulation upgrade into your overall home improvement budget can help you spread the short term costs and save you thousands in the long run.

For more on how you can save on energy bills and lower your energy use, check out more tips from us on our energy saving page.