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Planning and building

Save money by saving energy

Learn how to reduce the amount of money you spend on energy and create a warm, healthy home.

Did you know:

  • turning off appliances when not in use could save you £30 a year?
  • installing cavity wall insulation could save you £160 a year?
  • double glazing your home could save you £85 to £110 a year?

(Source: Energy Saving Trust)

Energy bills and switching supplier

As the energy price crisis continues it may be best to stick with your current supplier, as many suppliers are not currently taking on new customers and you may not actually save anything from switching to another supplier.

Keep up to date and see how to reduce your bills without switching provider with Energy Saving Trust.

Find out more about other help with utility bills or visit for more advice.

Keep warm and save energy

To keep warm and save energy try:

  • setting your heating to the right temperature (18 to 21°C or 65 to 70°F) - this keeps your home warm and bills as low as possible
  • closing curtains at dusk
  • draught-proofing your doors and windows, if necessary
  • wearing socks, thermal underwear and warm nightclothes to keep warm in bed
  • using an extra blanket or a covered hot water bottle when you're feeling cold

To reduce your electricity bills:

  • remember to turn appliances off when not in use
  • always unplug your phone charger after it’s done
  • only boil the water you need in the kettle (making sure the filament is covered)
  • replace light bulbs with low energy ones
  • switch off lights when you leave the room
  • wash a full load in your washing machine and set the temperature to 30°C which keeps clothes fresh but uses less energy than higher temperatures
  • dry clothes outside instead of using the tumble dryer, where possible

Get more advice about energy efficiency

The Energy Saving Trust offers further information and advice about making your home more energy efficient.

Also see

One Planet York

A city working together towards a more sustainable and resilient 'One Planet' future.

Energy Saving Trust

Free impartial advice to help you save money, and fight climate change, by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.

Energy Saving Trust

Home Energy Efficiency

Through our Home Energy Efficiency schemes we'll be able to make your home warmer, greener and cheaper to heat.

Home Energy Efficiency