Can we reduce energy bills this winter?

With uncertainty around energy prices, the only practical thing, and within reasonable control of most households, is to try to reduce energy bills. Here are a few ideas on how to do that with some potentially social, as well as economic benefits:

  • Start a meal exchange with your neighbours – set a few days a week where you cook a meal and deliver it to them, and vice versa. This saves on time and energy, and if you eat it together even better.
  • Share lifts to work or to school.
  • Share or co-ordinate shopping trips or deliveries.
  • Turn off electrical equipment at the wall when not needed. Stand by modes still use a surprising amount of power.
  • Avoid using the tumble dryer
  • Turn off lights
  • Don’t over fill the kettle
  • Consider insulation and draft proofing – depending on your circumstances you might be eligible for grants. Visit
  • Plan meals and cut down on food waste (children beware!)

South Dartmoor Community Energy (SDCE) also have some good tips for staying warm without turning up your heating. Visit