Energy advice

On this page you will find good advice on how you can save yourself money and cut down on the energy you use. You may also be interested in applying for a Priority Service Register (PRS) with your supplier. PRS is for people that are vulnerable customers.  This includes people of pensionable age, if you are registered disabled, those with visual or hearing impairment and those who suffer from long term ill health.

We have also published some advice about switching energy suppliers.

For further advice call Cornwall Housing on 0300 1234 161 and ask to speak to an Energy Advisor

Heating and Lighting

  1. Turn it off: don’t leave things on standby if not necessary
  2. Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  3. Switch your old light bulbs for new energy efficient ones. Even halogen spots can now be replaced with low energy LED lights
  4. Turn your thermostat down by 1ºc, you most probably wont notice a difference but your bills will reduce
  5. If you have radiators below windows, tuck you curtains behind these at night to keep the heat in.
  6. Put radiator panels behind radiators on external walls these reflect heat back into the room rather than losing it through the wall
  7. Use your central heating programmer to turn your heating on and off not the thermostat
  8. Keep radiators and storage heaters clear to allow heat to come into the room
  9. Use thermal or heavy curtains in the winter and close them at dusk to keep the heat in
  10. When your old appliances need replacing, replace them with new energy efficient appliances

In the Kitchen


  1. Set your washing machine to 30, unless its really dirty
  2. Use a bowl to wash up rather than running the hot tap
  3. Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever possible
  4. Dry clothes outside when possible
  5. Don’t dry clothes over radiators, this makes your boiler work harder and increases moisture in the air which can lead to condensation
  6. Clean the filters in your tumble dryer
  7. Use eco balls in your tumble dryer


  1. Only boil as much water as you need (but ensure you cover the elements) rather than filling the kettle up
  2. Use the correct size ring for the correct sized pan
  3. Keep saucepan lids on to keep the heat in and allow you to turn the ring down
  4. Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, this is quicker and uses less energy
  5. Make sure the gas flame only heats the bottom of the pan
  6. Make sure taps are turned off fully after use
  7. Don’t keep the oven door open for too long as the oven will then have to work harder to get back to temperature
  8. If you don’t use the clock on your oven or microwave turn it off on the socket when not in use

Fridges and Freezers

  1. Keep your fridge and freezer full, this means they don’t need to work as hard
  2. Defrost fridges and freezers regularly
  3. Don’t put hot food in the fridge, let it cool down first
  4. The optimum temperature for your fridge is 3ºc - 5ºc
  5. Load and unload fridges and freezers as quickly as possible to keep the cold air in
  6. Keep fridges and freezers away from cookers and direct sunlight
  7. Keep the condenser coils at the back of your fridge free from dust

For further advice call Cornwall Housing on 0300 1234 161 and ask to speak to an Energy Advisor