Six easy and essential ways to save
Switching with dontwastemoney.co.uk is the first step towards saving money on your energy bills - but it’s not the only way you can save. There are a range of quick and easy things you can do to cut bills and keep more of your money in your pocket. By thinking about that ways you use energy each day, you will not only notice a difference on your gas and electricity bills, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment; cutting energy consumption is an important part of making sure our planet is cleaner and greener for future generations. Here are our six essential tips to help you get started on your energy savings journey.
1 - Keep out Draughts!
One sure fire way to keep your home toasty is to insulate against draughts. Loft insulation is a must; it will keep heat in and draughts out, making heating your home cheaper year after year. Cavity wall insulation is also worth considering and many local councils offer insulation services free of charge - it's worth contacting yours to find out if you would be eligible for help. Windows can also be a problem area for draughts. Make sure windows are fitted correctly and sealed all the way around, using inexpensive draught proofing strips from your local DIY store to fill any gaps. Another top tip is to use a brush strips on your door and letter box. Every little bit helps!
Did you know…
Loft insulation in an average semi-detached house could save you £140 per year!*
2 - Turn the thermostat down by 1 degree
Did you know that you could save 10% on your energy bills just by turning down your thermostat by only 1 degree Celsius? In the UK, more than half of all money spent on gas and electricity bills goes towards heating and hot water, so it could really pay to turn radiators down in rooms that you don't use very often, or even get thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) fitted.
A quick and easy way to make the most of your radiators is to move any furniture away from them and slide cardboard wrapped in foil down the back to stop the heat escaping through the walls!
3 - Reconsider your lighting
Amazingly, if you replaced all your old-fashioned light bulbs with eco-friendly ones and all your halogen bulbs with LEDs, it could save you over £40 per year in energy bills. An added benefit is that the bulbs would last a lot longer, meaning it’s definitely worth the investment.
Technology has come a long way since energy saving bulbs were first introduced and there are now many different styles and fittings. There are also now options that are bright enough
to replace any household bulbs.
Good habits can make a big difference:
Be sure to switch off lights before you leave a room as even a few energy saving minutes each day can add up to noticeable savings over the course of a year.
4 - Think about appliances
Taking a fresh look at the way you use appliances around your home is a simple way to save money on your energy bills. Just turning your appliances off, rather that leaving them on standby mode could give you savings of up to £30 each year. Phone chargers often stay in the socket between uses and will continue to draw energy unless the switch is turned off at the wall. Don’t forget the freezer; if you leave it too long between defrosts it might not be running as efficiently as it could. Even the humble kettle could be using more energy than necessary – be sure to only boil the water that you need and you’ll save a little bit each and every time.
5 - Boiler Servicing
It’s important to have your boiler serviced regularly to make sure it runs efficiently. For old style boilers, a cover could also make a real difference to your energy bills. Other small maintenance jobs, like bleeding radiators, should also be done each winter to make sure the system works properly and that your home is cosy and warm. If you’re a tenant, your landlord may be able to help you get your property ready for the colder weather.
6 - Switch your energy!
Perhaps the best way to start making immediate savings on your energy bills is simply by switching energy suppliers. If you haven’t done it for a while, what’s holding you back?
Switching is simple and could have a real impact on the price you are paying for your gas and electric.