Tips on heating your home and saving energy
To keep your home as warm as possible, you should make sure you have adequate loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and look out for ways of minimising draughts from doors and windows to keep the heat inside your home.
To save energy there are things you can start doing today to reduce your bills:
- Put appliances on stand by and turn off lights when you leave a room – this could save you up to £54 a year
- Use low energy light bulbs for further savings
- Only do the washing when you have a full load and wash at 30° and you could save up to £30 a year
- Bleed your radiators regularly so they work at maximum efficiency and use thermostatic radiator valves so you can control the heating in each room.
What are the benefits of a smart meter?
If you have a smart meter you are only charged for the energy you use rather than receiving estimated bills, helping you to budget better. Smart meters come with an In-Home Display (IHD) which shows your household energy use in near-real time, allowing you to manage your usage.
- Smart meters are cheaper for energy suppliers to manage as they avoid the need for manual meter reads and reduce billing queries, so some of the cheapest tariffs are available to people who have smart meters installed
- Prepayment customers see additional benefits, as smart meters allow customers to top-up remotely without leaving home
- Customers can see credit balances on an easy-to-access In-Home Display, so they do not unknowingly run out of credit
- Customers can top-up automatically, so that if credit runs out at night or when the shops are shut, they will not be left without power
- Energy suppliers can see when customers are not being supplied with energy so they can offer timely support.
Links to available grants
- For information about energy use in the home and ideas to reduce your bills Energy Saving Trust.
- For advice on winter fuel payments, warm homes discount and cold weather payments Simple Energy Advice.
The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:
- British Gas Energy Trust
- Scottish Power Hardship Fund
- Ovo Energy Fund
- E.ON Energy Fund
- E.ON Next Energy Fund
- EDF Energy Customer Support Fund
- Bulb Energy Fund
To apply for a grant with any of the above funds, visit the customer website for your supplier.