See how you could reduce your energy consumption – and in turn lower your bills.
Whether you’re a homeowner, a tenant in private or social housing, a student or you live at home with your parents, there are many things you can do to reduce energy usage and expenditure.
By making just a few simple changes to your lifestyle and your home, you could end up saving a large amount on your heating, gas and electricity bills.
Here are our top 10 tips to help keep your energy bills down.
Turning the thermostat down by just 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year, according to uSwitch.
Remember to bleed your radiators once a year, this will make your heating more efficient and keep your bills down.
Keeping your curtains shut when it is cold or dark outside will stop heat escaping through your windows. But when the sun is shining, be sure to keep the curtains open to let in that natural light and warmth.
Wearing your slippers and more socks and jumpers around the house and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn up the heating.
Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t actually charging. You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes to switch it on again, regardless of the type.
Try to switch your regular bulbs for energy-saving ones because these last longer and use less energy.
Spending one minute less in the shower each day will save around £8 on your energy bills per person each year. With a water meter, this could save a further £12 on annual water and sewerage bills.
Furthermore, a dripping hot tap can waste enough water to fill half a bath in just one week, so fix those leaks and make sure all taps are fully turned off.
Insulating your property can be one of the most effective ways to reduce heat loss and cut energy bills. If your house isn’t fully insulated, having insulation installed will not only help keep it warmer but could also save you money on your energy bills.
Wall and loft insulation are among the most effective ways to reduce heat loss from your home, and can really help to lower your bills. Think of cavity wall insulation as a big coat for your house – the cavity between the two external walls is filled, preventing heat from escaping. Loft insulation acts in a similar way, preventing heat loss through the roof.
Wash clothes at 30° instead of 40°C – it’s easy to do and could easily reduce your energy bills. Doing full loads rather than half loads is also a more efficient way of using your washing machine.
Try to air dry your laundry rather than tumble-drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather.
Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. It might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat.
Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and you will save around £7 a year.
By comparing and switching suppliers you could save in excess of £679 on your energy bills, according to uSwitch. Between 1 March and 31 May 2016, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas and electricity saved £679 or more.
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