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 Saving Trust’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. Find out more here.
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.
Green Homes Grant
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
Visit the official website at https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/to check if you are eligible for the scheme. You will also be given a list of recommended measures for your property and connected with TrustMark registered installers and tradespeople to receive quotes to carry out the work.
You must redeem the voucher and ensure that improvements and installation are completed within three months of the issue date or by 31 March 2021, whichever is earlier.