Reduce my energy use

Mass of reeds and wind pump beyond at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

We can all save energy and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. From using a solar powered mobile phone charger to having a go at making your own draught excluder, we’ve got plenty of tips to get you started.

Reducing our energy use does not only reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, it also cleans up the air we breathe and helps to protect wildlife.

Did you know that, according to the Energy Saving Trust, the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water every day? And around 30 per cent of the average household gas bill is spent on heating?

If you're a creative person and you're good at arts and crafts, you can use those skills to reduce your energy use around the home by adding things like draught excluders and making curtains that trap heat. We've also got some vintage tips and tricks to spring clean your home in a greener way by using natural and traditional techniques.

We've got lots of ideas for you to save energy, reduce your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and be well on your way to living a cleaner, greener life. Whether you take big or small steps, you can make a difference. Just do what you can.

How to keep your promise

Creative ways to save energy

Gull chicks, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Why stop there? 

With a whole year packed full of ideas and inspiration to help you on your way, you don't have to stick to just one promise.