Energy efficiency at home

Energy efficiency at home

Make your home more energy efficient, reduce your energy and water usage.

You can improve the energy efficiency of your home by:

  • reducing the amount of electricity, gas or water you use
  • installing insulation, double glazing or draught proofing 
  • putting in a more efficient boiler

Reduce your energy use

Just a few small changes can help you reduce your energy use and bills:

  • ask your energy company if they'll give you a smart meter, so you can keep an eye on your use of energy
  • don't leave electrical items like TVs, computers, games consoles and phone chargers on standby
  • buy ‘AA’ or ‘A’ rated energy efficiency products: find out more on the Energy Savings Trust website
  • turn down your central heating thermostat
  • use thick curtains to keep the heat in
  • use draught excluders at the bottom of external doors, on letterboxes or keyholes
  • turn off the lights in a room you’re not using
  • put aluminium foil behind radiators fitted to outside walls, to reflect the heat back into the room
  • have a shower instead of a bath

In the kitchen:

  • don’t boil more water than you need
  • use a kettle to boil water rather than a pan on the stove
  • keep your fridge and freezer well stocked as they use less energy when they're full
  • let hot food cool down before putting it in the fridge or freezer
  • defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently
  • only use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads, or use a half load or economy programme
  • wash clothes at the lowest temperature setting possible
  • use tumble dryers as little as possible

You can get free advice and tips about home energy on the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) website

Water meters 

Water meters can help you improve your water efficiency at home. 

If you have a water meter installed, you can:

  • monitor how much water you use
  • reduce your bills by only paying for the water you use
  • get special rates or a capped bill if you’re a low income household

Find out how a water meter could save you money on the Bristol Water website.

You can also look at other ways of reducing the amount of water you use, such as turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers or collecting water in water butts for your garden. 

Other things you could do

  • think about installing solar panels to generate your own energy
  • see if you can get a grant to improve the energy efficiency of your home