Saving money on your energy bills is good both for your household balance but can also be good for the environment. We’ve pulled together our top tricks from reducing those pesky energy bills.
1. Consider swapping energy providers
Shop around for which energy provider is offering the best deal and consider swapping if necessary. To look at how much different energy providers charge try an energy comparison site such as Moneysupermarket or uSwitch.
2. Update your boiler
If you’ve got an old boiler, it is likely to be less energy efficient than a newer model. Whilst the cost of replacing a boiler can be high, once this is done, it will reduce your energy bills. If you are considering a new boiler, take a look at our guide.
3. Insulate your home
A better insulated home loses less heat which means don’t need to turn your heating up as high, saving you money. Simple things you can do to reduce heat loss are:
- Insulate your loft as up to 25% of heat from a home can be lost here if not properly insulated
- Get double or triple glazing to reduce heat loss through your windows.
- Close your curtains to stop heat escaping out the window (thicker curtains will keep more heat in)
- Fill in any drafts around window sills, doors or in the floorboards. You might also want to consider buying draft excluders
4. Think about which rooms you heat
Do you have some rooms in your home that are rarely used? Perhaps a guest bedroom or study? Turn the radiators down or off and keep the doors shut in rooms that you don’t go into frequently to save on your heating.
5. Turn down your thermostat
Try having your home at a less hot temperate and putting on an extra jumper instead. Move around to keep your blood circulating and to keep you warm – we tend to get cold when we are sat for long periods of time.
6. Reduce your energy use
There are lots of things you can do to reduce how much energy you use. Some examples of these are:
- Turn off plug sockets when you are not using these
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
- Switch lights off when you are not in a room
- Dry washing naturally rather than in a tumble dryer
- Think about your energy use in the kitchen. Heating a full kettle requires more energy so only fill it as much as you need, put lids on pans to keep heat in and put your dishwasher on overnight when energy is cheaper.
- If you are replacing an appliance, make sure that you choose an energy efficient new one. An easy way to look at the efficiency is to look at the ErP rating which is from G to A+++, which is the highest level of energy efficiency.
- Only use your washing machine when you have a full wash and try washing items on 30 degrees instead of 40.
7. Reduce your water use
Hot water requires heating and so if you reduce down how much hot water you use, it will reduce your energy bill.
- Fill the sink with water rather than letting the tap run
- Consider having shorter showers rather than baths
- Replace inefficient shower heads with a water-efficient one
- Use cold water when you don’t need it to be hot
- Only use your washing machine when you have a full load
8. Get a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat allows you to set the times that your heating comes, but it also allows you to control it remotely, so you can have it switched off whilst you are out and then turn it on just before you return home.
Not only that, but the cost of reading a traditional meter is higher as it requires someone visiting the property, so energy companies are likely to charge more for this.
9. Research renewable energy options
Could you put solar panels on your roof or use geothermal energy. If you’ve got land, could you have a wind turbine? Often there are grants available to add a renewable energy option to your home, so these are worth looking into.
10. Consider how you pay
Often paying your energy providers by direct debit and having online statements, can be cheaper than paying by a postal bill so make sure you check out your options.
11. Monitor your usage
Being aware of how much energy you use, can really help you to see where you could save and to make smarter choices. Having a smart meter can help you to do this.
So, there you have it, our top 11 ways to save money on your energy bills.