When you’re on a budget, the last thing you want is a huge energy bill you weren’t expecting. Being more efficient about the amount of energy you use can help you lower your utility bills. Here are 7 ways of reducing your energy costs.
Use appliances more efficiently
There are lots of little things you can do to cut down on the amount of energy being used. Wash clothes on a 30-degree wash rather than 40. Hang clothes to dry rather than using a tumble dryer. Fill the dishwasher each time you use it. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need each time. The more of these things you do and the more often you do them, the bigger difference it will make.
Buy energy efficient appliances
Switch your light bulbs to LEDs. When purchasing new appliances such as a washing machine, fridge freezer or dishwasher, look at the energy efficiency rating which will range from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient). You could reduce your energy bills by choosing more energy efficient appliances. Plus, they are better for the environment too.
Turn off appliances at the plug
Don’t leave your TVs, PCs, video game consoles or other appliances on standby when not in use. Switch them off at the plug.
Take better control of your heating
Turn off radiators in the rooms you don’t use. Turn the heating to low or off when everyone is in bed or the house is empty. Even turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees can help you reduce the cost of heating your home.
Protect against drafts
Use draught excluders or draught seals on windows and doors to prevent heat escaping. Don’t seal kitchen or bathroom windows as this can cause moisture build-up. Instead, shut internal doors to these rooms and seal any drafts around them. Closing your curtains when it starts to get dark will insulate the rooms better, especially if you have thick or lined curtains.
Take shorter showers
Encourage everyone in the family to take shorter showers to save energy. You could save up to £7 a year per person, by simply reducing your shower time by one minute on every shower.
Check you are on the best tariff and are using the best supplier. It can sometimes be beneficial to switch companies as you may get a good introductory rate as a new customer. Some companies will offer a discount if you pay by direct debit.
Hopefully, the above tips will give you some ideas about how you can be more efficient with your energy to reduce costs.
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