6 winter energy saving tips

6 winter energy saving tips

By: Shell Energy

16 Nov 2022

With shorter days and falling temperatures, we’re all reaching for the thermostat. However, with increases in energy prices, it’s essential we’re heating our homes efficiently - and helping them stay warm.

Small changes can have a real impact on your bills, so here are six tips to help you make the most of your central heating, keep the heat in, and save money throughout the winter.

1. Install a smart meter

If you’re looking for ways to change your energy use at home, getting a smart meter is a great start. Its in-home display (IHD) can help you see what you’re using and when, almost in real time.

Smart meters have helped 86% of users feel more in control of their energy use. And because they send readings automatically, you can be confident you’re paying for the exact amount of energy you use.

We can fit a new smart meter at no extra cost to you. You can book a smart meter installation if we bill you for your energy. If you’re a prepayment customer, give us a call on 0330 094 5802.

2. Block draughty gaps

A draught is cold air from outside sneaking into your home through little gaps. Not only does this cold air make you feel chillier, but it also means you’re using extra energy to keep your home warm.

It can be hard to spot the sources of draughts but common culprits include door and window frames, letterboxes, and even chimneys.

If you’re comfortable doing some DIY, sealing gaps around windows and doors could save around £60 a year. Blocking an unused chimney could save an additional £90.

Be careful not to block air bricks, floor vents, extractor fans, and trickle vents, though. These provide the ventilation you need to stop moisture from building up in your home.

3. Bleed your radiators

If you notice your radiators aren’t hot all over, it may be time to bleed them. Trapped air bubbles in your central heating system stop it from heating your home efficiently. The result? Higher energy costs for you.

Bleeding your radiators twice a year keeps your heating system running perfectly, and it’s simple to do it yourself. If you’re not sure how, follow our step-by-step guide.

4. Get your boiler serviced

Regularly maintaining your boiler helps it work more efficiently and reduces the risk of costly unexpected breakdowns or repairs. For added peace of mind, boiler cover protects you from upfront costs if the unexpected does happen.

If it’s more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace your boiler. Investing in a newer, more energy efficient model can leave you with less energy waste and greater savings. Here’s how to choose the right boiler for you.

5. Close your curtains

It may seem obvious, but drawing your curtains earlier in the day can be an effective way to keep more heat in. Covering your windows at dusk can reduce heat loss by 13-17%.

6. Add carpets or rugs

Insulating your floors could save around £110 a year in the average property (up to £180 for a detached house). A fitted carpet or a big rug stops cold air rising from the floor, and you’ll use less energy keeping the room warm.

More energy-saving tips

With the festive season on the way, learn how to stay in control of your energy this Christmas. And for more general tips for lowering your energy use, check out our energy-saving advice.

What support is Shell Energy offering?

We understand that many people will be feeling the pinch of higher energy bills. We’ve set up a £50 million customer support package to help with bills, this winter and beyond.

If you’re worried about your bill or need any kind of extra support, please visit our support hub to see what support is available for energy and broadband customers.