Energy efficiency at home

Make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy usage

You can improve the energy efficiency of your home by making improvements such as solid and cavity wall insulation, double glazing, draught proofing or putting in a new boiler.

GOV.UK energy efficiency and grants offers an online questionnaire to help you find out how to make your home more energy efficient, what savings you can make and what grants are available.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy's Home Energy Team offers free advice on home energy use and what grants and support are available to householders in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Water Meters

Water meters can help you improve your water efficiency in the home. Water meters will be added to houses when there is a change of owners.

For more information see our water meters explained leaflet (pdf, 3.8MB) (opens new window)

Reduce your energy use

Doing just a few little things can help you reduce your energy use and your energy bills:

  • ask your energy company if they'll give you a smart meter, so you can keep an eye on your energy usage
  • don't leave items like TVs, computers and games consoles on standby
  • buy ‘AA’ or ‘A’ rated energy efficiency products
  • turn down your central heating thermostat, 1 degree could save 10% on your annual bill
  • use thick curtains and close them at dusk
  • use draught excluders at the bottom of external doors, on letterboxes or keyholes
  • always turn off the lights in a room you’re not using
  • put aluminium foil behind any radiators fitted to outside walls, to reflect the heat back into the room
  • have a shower instead of a bath
  • consider generating your own energy through solar panels

In the kitchen:

  • only boil enough water for your needs
  • 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, if you can’t, use a half load or economy programme
  • wash clothes on the lowest temperature setting possible
  • use tumble dryers as little as possible