Bills are the bane of every household; we’re constantly looking for ways to cut them down to save a little extra cash month to month, but no matter what we do, it seems impossible but we have put together this quick guide for you, hoping to give you a few new ideas to save money on your energy bills that you may not have considered yet.
Switch your supplier
If you’ve been with the same supplier for the last couple of years, it’s very likely that you aren’t on the cheapest rate for your energy usage that you could be. Check a comparison website to see whether or not you could be missing out on savings up to hundreds of pounds a year. If your energy supplier is the cheapest, are you on their newest and cheapest fixed package? It might be worth logging in or giving them a call to check.
Turn down your heating
Most people leave their thermostat temperatures set at the same number without ever thinking to change it, but by changing the temperature to be reduced by even 1ºC, you could save almost £100 a year in a typically family home. You could also benefit from turning off radiators in unused rooms.
Change your lightbulbs
Light bulbs are a huge energy user. Ceiling lights use more energy than lamps, higher wattage bulbs waste more energy than lower wattage bulbs, and traditional light bulbs will burn out quicker than LED lights. These are all things to take into consideration when changing the lighting in your home or trying to save some money. If you’re looking for a quick solution, switch to energy-saving bulbs, and add a few LED lights to your home. Energy saving bulbs are typically quite dim because they take a little while to “warm up” as it were, but by adding LEDs, which are cheap and last a long time, you’ll save money and have bright rooms.
Switch to energy-efficient appliances
Eco appliances are much more widely available than they used to be, which makes them the perfect solution when you’re looking to replace any of your kitchen appliances with something a little more energy-efficient. Energy-efficient washing machines can have running costs as low as £20 a year, which we can all agree is absolutely amazing. You could save hundreds of pounds a year just by switching your machines and appliances; of course, we understand that’s not feasible right away, but next time you need to replace something in your kitchen, choose a product that is labelled energy-efficient.
Get a new boiler fitted
Old boiler models are energy eaters. By replacing your old G-rated boiler, you could save up to £650 a year from your gas bill in a standard family home. Like new kitchen appliances, a new boiler is also expensive, so it may not be worth replacing your boiler until it’s beyond repair but it’s definitely something to keep in mind for the future.