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Saving Energy

Saving energy isn't just about helping you to save electricity or be more energy efficient — it's also a great way to save money.

We all know we could do more around the home to save energy, but where to start? While some of the biggest energy savers require time and money there are still plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that will save energy, and money. Click here to view our energy saving guide.

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Simple ways to save energy and reduce your bills

Tumble Dryer

Make your tumble dryer more efficient

Make your tumble dryer more efficient by cleaning the filter regularly and using a high speed spin in your washing machine before drying.

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Insulate your pipes and hot water tank

Insulating your pipes and water tank will reduce the amount of heat lost, so you spend less on heating water up and the hot water stays warm for longer.

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Use the right size pan

Always use the right size pan for the amount of food you are cooking. Don’t waste energy while heating a bigger surface area than you need.

Draft Proof

Block any draughts

Use a draught excluder or sealant to block gaps in windows or doors to stop outdoor air getting inside and heat escaping outside.


Turn down radiators

Turning down radiators in rooms you aren’t using could save you around £70 per year.


Add rugs

Uninsulated floors can account for 10% of heat loss. Thick rugs can prevent warm air from escaping.


Put a shelf above a radiator

Hanging a shelf just above a radiator helps distribute the radiators heat more evenly.


Turn your thermostat down

Turning your thermostat down by 1°c can save you as much as £80 per year.

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Block up your chimney

If you don’t use your open fire, block the base of your chimney up to prevent cold air getting in and heat from escaping.

30 Degrees

Wash at 30 °C

90% of your washing machine’s energy is used heating the water. Wash your clothes at 30 °C and you could save around £34 per year.

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Unplug appliances

Unplug the appliances you aren’t using regularly as even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging.

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Install a flow reducer

Using a flow reducer will reduce your water consumption during showers so there’s less water to heat.


Use a timer for your heating

Use a timer to make sure your heating is only on when you need it.

Turn off the Light

Turn off the lights

Turning off the lights when you leave a room could save you around £25 per year.

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Energy saving lightbulbs

Use energy saving lightbulbs around your home.


Fridge temperature

Keep your fridge temperature between 3 and 5 °C.


Would Economy 7 help me save money?

It depends how much of your electricity you can use at night rather than during the day. Because the daytime rate is higher than normal to balance out the off-peak rate, unless you are using more than 50% of your energy at night , Economy 7 actually works out more expensive. So do check carefully before you commit to switching.

Will a smart meter save me money?

It’s not the meter itself that saves you money, it’s the information you’ll get from it. Because it’ll show you exactly what you’re using and when, you can learn how to save energy – and potentially reduce how much you use. You’ll get a clearer insight into how much energy different appliances and actions use, you can modify your behaviour to make savings.

For further energy efficiency advice; including information about financial assistance towards the cost of the measures available from government visit