We’re all trying to save money. Whether it’s for a home, a holiday, a new electrical item, your dream sofa, a school trip for one of your kids, the repairs on your car, or just because the cost of living is going up! We’re all eager to squeeze every penny and save where we can.
For many of us, after our rent/mortgage payouts, the next biggest thing on our outgoings are our energy bills. But how can we keep our energy bills down with compromising on warmth or hot water? For those of us with little ones in the house, it’s a tricky balancing act! Well, here you’ll find a few helpful tips on how you can shave money off those sky high energy bills!
First things first. Are you using energy saving bulbs? You might think that they’re a small change that isn’t worth the bother – but how does saving around an extra £100 a year sound? If you’re really wanting to save money on your lighting then consider switching to LED lighting instead – you can find out more here – did you know that LED lighting uses 90% less energy than other lighting? This will really shave money off your electricity bill!
Don’t worry, you can still have your heating on when the nights get cooler! Using less energy, usually means being more conscious of your habits. For example, you could turn down your thermostat by just 1 degree and you easily save around £75 a year! I don’t think I’d even notice such a slight drop in temperature!
Turn off the lights when you leave the room! It’s an old thing our parents used to say, and now we know why! Get into the habit of switching off lights as you head out. And make sure you let everyone in the house know about this new rule too!
Boiling the kettle to make a cup of tea? Only boil as much water as you need! Unless you’re making tea for your whole family or an army of visitors, keep the water in your kettle low to save energy.
If you’re stacking your dishwasher, loading your washing machine or dryer only switch it on when it is full! One full load uses less energy than two half loads so be conscious of how full your appliance is before you switch it on. Keeping on top of this habit will help keep your water usage down too!
It’s true that most people don’t even know what tariff they’re on – let alone what they’re actually paying for! Now might be the time to look into switching energy providers. Thankfully, this is a lot easier than it used to be. With plenty of comparison sites to choose from, you can find the rate and tariff that is right for you. And with many companies vying for your custom, don’t be surprised if you get a few deals too!
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