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Energy Saving Tips

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We’re not an energy supplier, but are responsible for managing and maintaining the network of cables and powerlines to deliver power to you. You pay for our services through your monthly energy bill, with 27p per day helping us deliver our essential services.

We know that energy bills are increasing. So we have worked with the Citizen’s Advice, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to provide information, advice, and top tips for lowering your energy usage.                      

Better Insulation, bigger savings

Improving the insulation in your home is an effective way to reduce your energy usage. It stops hot air from escaping through walls and ceilings, keeping your house warmer for longer. 

Cavity wall insulation
About a third of all heat escapes through uninsulated walls.  Insulating cavity walls can help you save significant amounts of energy and reduce energy bills.

Loft insulation
Up to 25% of all heat in your home is lost through the roof if your ceilings aren't insulated. So insulating or even topping up existing insulation to a thickness of 270mm will have a massive impact on energy bills.


Support available to you

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy has provided information and advice on making your home more energy-efficient and reducing your bills.

Energy Savings Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation that addresses the climate emergency. They’re a respected and trusted voice on energy efficiency and clean energy solutions, empowering millions of householders to make better energy choices every year.

Citizens' Advice

The Citizens' Advice Bureau is a national charity supported by a local network that offers free, confidential, and impartial advice online on personal finance. You can speak to them over the phone or in person. They can help you identify and access any additional support you may be entitled to and help you manage your money most effectively.

Energy-saving tips

There are many ways to improve your home's energy efficiency and cut your energy bills. Here are some top tips:

  • If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on when you need it. For example, set it to start 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and switch off 30 minutes before you’re due to go to bed.
  • If you have a hot water tank, set the cylinder thermostat to either 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat from escaping through the windows. Check for draughts around windows and doors that let cold air in and warm air out, and block them.
  • Always turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby, and don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. 
  • When you’re doing the washing, try to fill up the machine, tumble dryer, or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  • Only boil as much water as you need in your kettle.
  • A dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a week to half fill a bath. So fix leaking taps as soon as possible, and make sure they are fully turned off every time.
  • Consider fitting a smart meter and in-home display when you are offered one by your energy supplier. The in-home display will show you how much energy you are using and help identify ways you can save power.
  • Do a home energy check to find out about savings of up to £250 a year on household energy bills by visiting simple energy advice. You’ll receive a full report detailing your home’s energy use and the savings you could make.