Reduce your energy bills, enjoy a warmer home and cut your carbon emissions by:
- Getting to grips with your thermostats or heating controls. It’s a simple thing but understanding these settings can make a big difference to your bills. Check out the Energy SavingTrust’s guide.
- Draught-proofing your home. The Energy Saving Trust has some great tips for doing this
- Fitting low-energy light bulbs. Lighting makes up 20% of the average UK household electricity bill, so making the switch could save your pocket, as well as the planet. Find out how here
- Switching appliances off standby when they’re not in use – this simple action could save you £35 a year. Find out which appliances use most energy in your home.
- Regularly checking your energy bill to make sure you’re getting the best deal
- Understanding your home’s energy performance. Every property, whether rented or owned, has an Energy Performance Certificate. Find yours by searching for your postcode on the EPC register and check this guide for more help decoding it.
- The Energy Saving Trust has more quick tips for saving energy here.
If you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits, you may be eligible for a Green Doctor appointment. A Green Doctor will help you find ways to save money on your energy bills while keeping your home warm.
You may also want to consider
- Installing solar panels on your roof. Solar Together is a Mayor of London initiative to get the best price for solar panels through group buying.
- Exploring whether your home would benefit from measures like better insulation or an electric heat pump. You may be able to access grants to help you cover part of the costs (see below). Always ensure you are using a TrustMark registered provider or tradesperson.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
ECO is a government energy efficiency scheme to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. Obligated energy suppliers must fund measures which improve the ability of fuel poor and vulnerable households to heat their homes.You can check if you are eligible for funding for energy efficiency measures (such as loft and wall insulation) under the ECO scheme by contacting any of the obligated energy suppliers on the Ofgem website. You do not need to contact your own energy provider. Alternatively, you may be contacted directly by installers to have energy efficiency measures funded by ECO installed on your property. Be conscious of scams and contact us at email@example.com if you are unsure about an installer who is contacting you.
If you are not eligible for ECO through the standard eligibility criteria, you may be able to access the scheme through ECO Flex, which provides extra eligibility routes into the scheme. In London, households can be declared as eligible by the Greater London Authority, under their ECO Flex Eligibility scheme.