Top Tips to Save On Energy Bills
This weekend the clocks go back, signalling the onset of winter and bringing with it the dreaded increase in fuel bills. Scottish Power is the latest of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies to announce a massive increase in energy prices, effective in December, which combined with Met Office predictions for a harsh winter will mean huge gas and electricity bills this season.
David Cameron has advised us all to wear a jumper to keep fuel costs down, but for those of us who already do that, here are our top tips for saving energy in the home and keeping fuel costs down:
Get a draught excluder.
Older properties are likely to have a lot of nooks and crannies where draughts can get into the property and cool the temperature down. There are plenty of DIY products to seal up draughts around doors, windows and chimneys and you could save £55 a year by doing so.
Turn off mobile phones.
By turning off your mobile phone at night you will need to charge it less and save on the electricity bill. Don’t leave the phone charging overnight as it wastes a lot of energy being charged for hours longer than is necessary.
Turn off appliances.
This sounds obvious, but ensuring that appliances are turned off and unplugged means that they do not waste any electricity. Appliances use electricity even when they are on standby, so if it can be safely unplugged without affecting its system, then do so to save £50-£90 a year.
Be sensible in the kitchen.
Don’t fill the kettle up all the way, only fill with the amount of water you need and it will use less energy to boil. When washing up fill the bowl instead of leaving the hot tap running; this will also save water, but means your hot water system has to heat less water.
Turn down the heating.
Turning down your thermostat to the coolest temperature you can comfortably manage will save you a lot of money in energy bills. Remember, you don’t need to turn the thermostat up in colder weather; it will still heat to the same temperature in the end. Using thermostatic radiator valves will help you save even more energy, as you can set the temperature lower in rooms that do not get used often.
Insulate your home.
If you have a bit more money to invest in energy efficiency then you can think about ensuring that your home is fully insulated. Although the cost of installation is around £500, adding loft and cavity-wall insulation can save you up to £330 per year on your fuel bills. So if you can afford the initial outlay, it shouldn’t take long to see the savings!
Switch energy supplier.
By switching your energy supplier you could save hundreds of pounds, so shop around and find the best deal. There are lots of websites out there which have energy supplier comparison tools, such as Which?, so you can easily find the best deal and switch supplier at the click of a button.
You can visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website to find more information on how you can save energy in your home.
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