Small changes, big savings

Published: 20 Aug 2021

A person adjusts a thermostat, which reads 19 degrees celsius

Follow these steps to help you manage your energy bills and keep your home warm.

Around 21% of the UK's carbon emissions come from our homes. With the recent dramatic increase in energy prices, making your home more energy efficient will reduce your carbon emissions, save energy and cut your bills.

Top 10 Tips

  1. Take regular meter readings and submit them to your energy supplier as this will help you keep an eye on your energy use and keep your bills accurate.
  2. Check to see if you are getting the best deal for your energy. You could save hundreds of pounds a year on your bills by switching supplier or changing tariffs with your current supplier.
  3. Draught proof windows and doors, but avoid blocking air bricks and ventilation points.
  4. Remember not to leave electric hot water immersion heaters on for longer than you need as this wastes energy.
  5. Avoid leaving appliances on standby, and turn off chargers when not in use.
  6. Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements of electric kettles).
  7. Fill up washing machines and dishwashers and avoid half loads when you can.
  8. Washing lines and airers are cheaper than tumble driers. NB: If drying clothes inside, open a window (even if for a short while) to let the moisture out and avoid condensation and damp.
  9. If you feel too warm, try turning your thermostat down by 1°C rather than opening window.
  10. Check if you can receive other discounts and payments - see our energy grants advice page

Find out more

To reduce carbon emissions in your home and lower your energy bills, start by reducing how much energy is lost.
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West Sussex Energy is another useful website full of hints and tips on saving energy, heating your home and reducing your energy bills.

Or visit National Energy Action for more information, plus advice on avoiding damp and condensation.