Are your energy bills giving you the shivers? Here’s some ways you can cut down on energy and save money in the process.
1. Insulate, insulate, insulate
The medieval kings had it right
You can start beating the draughts with simple measures like hanging extra curtains – check out our guide for more ideas. If you want to be totally snug, consider investing in double glazing for your windows, cavity wall insulation or insulating your loft.
2. Sign up to the Green Deal
The Government wants more of us to insulate our homes, so they have set up a scheme to make it more affordable. A Green Deal assessor will give you a set of individual energy-saving recommendations. You can then pay for big projects like double glazing through a special payment plan.
3. Don’t get into hot water
I’m costing you moneeey…
You can save £43 a year by using hot water more carefully, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Set your washing machine to wash at 30°C, avoid leaving the hot tap running and don’t boil extra water in the kettle. Fit a water-efficient shower head – some water providers will even give one away for free.
4. Be smart with your heating
You’re all in the living room watching TV – so why are you burning money heating the bathroom towel rail? If you arm yourself with a room thermostat, a programmer and a thermostatic radiator valves, you could save up to £150 a year. Find out how to install these here.
What you could save with smart heating
5. Pull out your chargers
Leaving a single mobile charger on won’t make much of a dent in your bill. But energy company npower estimates a family of four could be spending £3.50 a year leaving their charged phones attached to the charger. Then think about all the other devices you have, and it may seem like a worthwhile saving after all…
6. See the (LED) light
Don’t be old-fashioned – save energy
Change your lightbulbs to energy saving bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LED bulbs designed for the home. There’s a simple but detailed blog post on buying your first energy-saving lamps here. Replacing a traditional light bulb will save you about £3 a year, or £45 over the lifetime of the bulb.
And finally, think about switching energy provider
You may not be doing any more for the planet by switching energy company, but you’re certainly doing your wallet a favour. Find out more about how to switch here.
Struggling to understand your energy bill? Check out our at-a-glance guide here.