Energy tips for you

Follow these handy tips, do your bit for the planet and lower your bill at the same time

In the kitchen

Making a cup of tea? Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need.

  • When you’re cooking vegetables, just use enough water to keep them covered.  
  • Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. It’s quicker and uses less energy.  
  • Use a pan that’s the right size for your cooking ring, then put a lid on it – it’ll heat up quicker, so use less gas.
  • You only need the flame to be big enough to heat the base of the pan.
  • Invest in a steamer, or a segmented pan, so you can cook different vegetables on one ring.
  • Make sure your taps are properly turned off when you’re not using them.
  • Use the microwave instead of the oven – it cooks food quicker.
  • Don’t keep the oven door open for long while food is cooking.
  • Turn the oven off a couple of minutes earlier, while your food is still in there. Some dishes will cook while the oven’s cooling.
  • Turn your microwave off when you’re not using it.

The fridge and freezer

Don’t put hot food in the fridge, it messes up the temperature inside. Leave it to cool naturally first.

  • Keep your fridge’s temperature around 3°C to 5°C.
  • Load and unload your fridge as quickly as possible and don't leave the fridge door open for longer than you need to.
  • Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to stop ice building up.
  • Try to position your kitchen so your fridge and freezer aren’t close to cookers or direct sunlight.
  • Get the feather duster out from time to time.  When dust gathers on the condenser coils at the back of your fridge, it uses more energy.
  • Upgrade an old fridge-freezer for a newer model. Choosing an A++ model can save you around £190 in energy bills over the lifetime of the product. [1]

Doing the laundry

If you can, do the week's laundry in one go and put a full load into the machine.

  • Use the economy setting on your washing machine whenever you can.
  • Dry your laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer.
  • As tempting as it is, don't dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to.
  • Keep the filters clean in your tumble dryer.
  • Use ecoballs in the tumble dryer. They spread out your washing so your clothes dry quicker.


Try nudging down your heat by a degree or two.

  • Use your central heating timer (not the thermostat) to turn heating on and off.
  • Keep your radiators clear. For example, don’t put a sofa in front of your radiator, because it will absorb a lot of the heat.
  • If your radiators are fixed to the outside wall, put radiator panels behind them to reflect the heat back into the room.
  • Use thermal curtains (or just heavy ones) during the winter, and close them at dusk so heat doesn’t escape through the windows.
  • For properties with high ceilings, placing a shelf just above the radiator helps to deflect the heat into the centre of the room rather than it drifting straight up to the ceiling. 
  • Get a draught excluder – you could save up to £35 a year when you get rid of all the draughts in your house. [2]
  • Install insulation. Cavity wall insulation could save you around £160 a year [3] and loft installation could save around £140. [4]
  • Fit double glazing so heat doesn’t escape through your windows.

Hot water

Keep your showers to about 10 minutes – or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.

  • Insulate your immersion tank to keep your water hot for longer.
  • Replace your boiler if it’s over 15 years old. You could save up to £340 a year if you install a new condensing boiler and controls. [5]
  • Get a hot water cylinder jacket. It could save you up to £35 a year. [6]
  • Install primary pipe work insulation. That could save you up to £10 a year. [6]


Having energy saving bulbs doesn’t mean you can leave the lights on longer. Always turn them off when you leave a room. 

  • Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £50 over the lifetime of the bulb.[7]
  • Make sure all your electrical appliances are turned off at the plug when you’re not using them. Some appliances still use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off.

We’re helping households save money on their heating bills and reduce carbon emissions

Under the ECO scheme, we’re working with installers to deliver energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity insulation to low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households.

We’re not currently open for direct applications, but we may later in the scheme. Find out more

Other ways we can help

Hive Active Heating

It's a smart thermostat that lets you control your heating and hot water from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Smart meters

Smart meters are gas and electricity meters that allow you to view your energy use in pounds and pence as you use it