Energy Saving Tips

Tips on becoming energy efficient and reducing energy bills.

Energy saving: top tips

Switch your gas and electricity supplies to the Council's energy company, Great North Energy 

  1. We put you first - As a customer, you are at the heart of everything we do. Here, you’ll find practical tips to save energy, plus answers to some frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you need, contact us and we’ll do all we can to help.
  2. We keep our prices low - We bring you fair prices, striving for the best possible deal at all times. What you see is what you get with no hidden costs, just clear and simple pricing.
  3. We're not-for-profit - We aim to make energy affordable for all, so you can enjoy the benefits.


Kitchen and bathroom

  • Allow hot food to cool quickly before putting into the fridge
  • Choose the right size pan for the cooker ring
  • Chopping food into small pieces cooks it faster
  • Keep lids on saucepans when cooking
  • Load/unload fridges and freezers as quickly as you can
  • Only fill your kettle with the water you are going to use
  • Regularly defrost your fridge and freezer
  • Switch off the cooker as soon as you have finished cooking
  • Try to keep your freezer full to prevent cooling empty space
  • Use a microwave instead of an oven if convenient
  • Use the toaster rather than the grill
  • Use a plug when running hot water
  • Use the shower instead of the bath
  • Fill the tumble dryer with a full load and make sure it's vented
  • If you are drying clothes indoors use a clothes horse rather than a radiator
  • Put full loads in the washing machine or use the half load setting
  • Put washing out to dry on warm, dry days
  • Use the economy setting on the washing machine

Lighting and electrical appliances

  • Avoid leaving the TV on standby
  • Keep light shades/bulbs clean for maximum light output
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms
  • Turn off lights that aren't in use
  • Use low energy bulbs where possible


  • A central heating programmer increases energy efficiency
  • Allow adequate ventilation to avoid condensation
  • Avoid using calor gas and paraffin heaters - they cause condensation
  • Block off chimneys you don't use but ensure adequate ventilation
  • Close curtains at dusk to retain heat
  • Don't let curtains hang in front of radiators
  • Fill gaps in skirting boards with a flexible filler
  • Have your boiler checked annually
  • If you need to replace your boiler, a condensing boiler would save your fuel
  • Keep internal doors closed to reduce draughts
  • Make sure all air vents are left unblocked
  • Make sure the electricity tariff you are on is the right one for your system
  • Put foil behind radiators to reflect heat into the room
  • Set hot water thermostat (on cylinder) to 60ºC/140ºF
  • Thick curtain linings reduce heat loss
  • Time your central heating to switch off an hour before leaving for work
  • Time your central heating to switch on 30 minutes before returning home
  • Turn down central heating by 1ºC to save 10 percent on fuel bills
  • Turn your room thermostat down rather than opening a window
  • Wall to wall carpets reduce heat loss

Insulation measures

  • Always have a thick hot water jacket fitted
  • Draught proof your loft hatch to prevent heat escaping
  • Have all external doors and windows draught proofed
  • Insulate all hot water pipes to prevent heat loss
  • Insulate cavity walls
  • Make sure your loft insulation is 270mm thick


  • Check your tyre pressure once a month, and before long journeys. Under inflated tyres create more resistance when your car is moving, which means engines have to work harder
  • Don't over-rev, as this accelerates emissions
  • Drive at the appropriate speed: not only does staying at or within the speed limit increase driver safety, it also reduces CO2 emissions and saves money on fuel costs
  • If you are likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine
  • Plan your route before leaving using a route planner
  • Remove any objects you don't need from the boot
  • Remove roof boxes or rails when not in use as the drag they create increases fuel consumption

Doncaster Neighbourhood Energy Action

Neighbourhood Energy Action sees our team of three officers going door-to-door, giving tips on saving energy and tell people about whatever grants that are available for free insulation and boiler upgrades. We're helping thousands save money by switching energy supplies to Great North Energy

Our expertise is in energy, but we also keep our pulse on what's going on in the local community and can give you information and advice on a wide range of council and community programs. If we can't help, we probably know someone who can.

We send a letter out in advance to let you know that we will be working in your area, so make sure it is us.

If you aren't at home when we knock, we drop a calling card with our details on so that you can make an arrangement for a suitable time.

More information

For more information on saving energy and money, contact our energy team using the following details:

Telephone: 01302 737053
Address: Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

Last updated: 18 February 2020 06:44:18