No matter where you are in the country, if there’s one thing us Brits have in common, is that we love to save money wherever we can. Whether that is in the supermarket, on the high street, online, or even in the home.
Saving money on our energy bills is not only good for our wallet, but for the environment and also the wellbeing of your home. Triple win! The best thing is, anyone can afford to save a few pennies and pounds no matter what budget you’re on. There are lots of cheap and easy ways to save energy in the short term, along with some more longitudinal methods which may end up costing you a bit more, while saving you more energy (and money) in the long run.
Cheap ‘n easy
One of the most effective ways to save money is also one of the most traditional, layering! Turn that thermostat down and get those forgotten-about knitted jumpers out of the wardrobe. By turning your thermostat down one degree, you can potentially save up to £85 a month. Additionally, an extra pair of socks or a blanket can often be the remedy to those colder winter nights in, without the need to crank up the heating.
Utilise the utilities
The kitchen is usually where the magic happens. It’s also where the most energy is used. When deciding on a new appliance, we would recommend going for energy efficient ones, which are clearly labelled ‘A+ rated’. However, if you’re not in a position to fork out on a new kitchen appliance, you can always make your current machines more efficient:
Wherever possible, always opt to use the microwave over the oven, as they are quicker and use considerably less energy.
By filling up your freezer to the brim, you can save 40% on the energy it uses.
By adding a timer to a machine such as a dishwasher, you can set it to run when electricity is at a cheaper rate.
Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need.
Turn down the heat! Washing your clothes at a lower temperature (30°) will use less electricity, saving up to a third of the cost of a regular 40° cycle. Additionally, make sure you’re doing a full load each time you use the washing machine or tumble dryer.
Pull the plug
As we become more dependent on technology, the number of electrical items present in the household increases exponentially year on year – and the same goes for our electricity bills!
Household lighting makes up 25% of all household electricity. It’s an obvious one, but turn them off when you don’t need them! Energy saving bulbs are now as cheap as regular light bulbs so there is really no excuse not to have them installed throughout the house. For the more style-conscious homeowner, LED lights are far more efficient than halogen bulbs and can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or study areas.
Despite being and looking ‘off’, most electrical appliances actually still using up electricity just by being plugged in. By switching off and unplugging electrical items from the wall socket, this ensures that these electrical items aren’t eating up vital energy.
Make sure you have a reliable thermostat, and make sure you know how to use it to its full capability. Smart systems or intelligent thermostats control your heating from your mobile phone, wherever you are. Making it possible to adjust the controls according to your own needs, in real time. Set your thermostat to between 18-21° throughout the house, making sure to control the temperature of each room by adjusting the valves on the radiators.
To make sure your boiler is working efficiently all year round, make sure you get a professional to carry out a boiler service annually, if possible. Fitting a new energy-efficient boiler can save you up to £350 a year.
Other notable investments to carry out on your home can include loft and cavity wall insulation, double-glazing windows and draught proofing. These measures ensure that heat doesn’t escape and stays in your house, where it should be.
And there we have it, a selection of tips and tricks to cater for households on any budget. Being energy efficient can make a huge difference to the cost of your energy bills and this can even be done without taking a big chunk out of your wallet.