Everywhere you turn today you’ll see stories about increasing energy prices and the knock-on effects for households. However, there are ways to still save some money on your bills. Here are some of our tips to help you:


Don’t over-fill the kettle, boil as much water as you need – making sure the element is covered.


Avoid leaving your phone to charge overnight or leaving TV and other appliances on standby.


Switch to energy saving light bulbs or LED bulbs and make sure non-essential lights are turned off when you leave a room.


Power showers zap energy, use a timer and consider a water efficient showerhead. Find out more about saving energy by saving water here.


Only wash full loads, wash clothes at 30°C setting and dry clothes outside to reduce energy use and condensation (to watch our video on how to avoid damp and mould problems in your home, scroll further down this page.

Storage heaters

Set correctly (input is for storing heat, output for releasing heat) and ensure heat can flow freely:

  • The output setting of your storage heater should be turned off at night and also turned off when you are out of the room or out of the house
  • Don’t use the boost setting except when you really need the extra heat
  • Avoid using supplementary plug-in heaters – it’s better to turn up the input on your storage heater and store more heat

Download this handy guide from our partners at the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Central heating

Bleed radiators and do not block them with furniture. Use room thermostats, TRV’s & programmers correctly. If you are struggling to understand them, contact our Energy Team or download this useful guide.


Open curtains in the day to make the most of the sun and close at dusk


Keep the oven door shut as much as possible, use lids on pans on the hob


Place where air can circulate well behind it but not next to an oven or radiator, defrost regularly and remember to close the door

Buying new appliances

Consider the energy rating and aim for an ‘A’ or better. Read the Energy Saving Trust’s useful guide to choosing home appliances.

Energy tariffs

Never switched provider or tariff before? Chances are you’re paying too much. Save as much as £400 by visiting our switching page.

Renewable energy

If you’re a homeowner, installing renewable technology for your heating or electricity can lead to great savings on your bills and it helps the environment too.

Do you have problems with damp and mould in your home?

Watch this video to get some great tips on how to prevent it and what to do if it becomes a problem…

This video has been produced in partnership with Plymouth City Council.

If you would like to arrange a home visit from PEC’s energy team, email energyteam@plymouthenergycommunity.com or call 01752 477117.

To contact Plymouth City Council’s Private Rented Team call 01752 307075, email private.rent@plymouth.gov.uk or visit their webpage.