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Top Tips For Cutting Energy Bills

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 7

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Unfortunately there is no hiding from the fact that energy costs are constantly on the rise. The tips in this article are provided to help you save money on your energy bills. There's no need to make all the changes listed straight away. Some of the tips are simple and cheap to implement, where as others cost a little more but will still save you money on your energy bills in the long term.


1. Turning Down Your Thermostat - Save an average of £50

This is one of the first things to bear in mind when you are thinking about cutting energy bills. 21ºC is a comfortable temperature and for every 1º above this setting you will pay an extra 10% on your energy bills. This works out at a £50 per year saving on the average households energy bill.


2. Improve Your Insulation - save around £135

Insulating your walls could slash up to 30% off your energy bills. If they are poorly insulated or not insulated at all then it’s an easy way to save money. Insulating your walls is a great idea as poorly insulated walls account for a third of your energy bills.


3. Install Or Upgrade Your Loft Insulation - save up to £110

When was the last time you looked in your loft? Many people don’t even know whether thier loft is insulated or not. Even if your loft is insulated it may not be done to the recommended level. It’s worth checking it out as a correctly insulated loft can save the average home £110 on their heating bills. Insulating your loft is something that you can

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choose to do yourself or pay someone to do. If you have insulation then measure it’s depth. The recommended depth for loft insulation is 270mm. If it's less than 270mm then replace it. If you don't have any insulation then buy the 270mm depth, don't be tricked into buying the special offers which look a great deal at the time, but won’t save you as much money on your bills in the long term.

4. Stop Draughts - save as much as £55

20% of heat loss is caused by draughts. Be sure to check that all windows and doors close properly and that when they are closed the seals work properly. Cutting energy bills does not have to be difficult.


5. Thermostatically Controlled Radiators - saves up to £70 per year

Individual thermostats on your radiators gives you better control on your homes heating system. You can control which rooms you want to heat and by how much.


6. Upgrade Your Boiler - save as much as £300 per year

If you are serious about cutting energy bills then look at changing your boiler. Installing a modern energy efficient boiler can save the average home up to £300 per year on heating bills. They are expensive to install but will save you a fortune once they have paid for themselves.


7. Always Buy Energy Efficient Products - save up to £50

You don't have to do much research in order to find energy efficient products as someone else already did it for you. They even put stickers on the front to tell you how energy efficient each product is. Just look for the A rated appliances and they will cost far less to use.


8. Don’t Be Too Proud To Ask For Help - save as much as £250

Statistically one in ten homes in the UK are eligible for help with cutting energy bills. Visiting turn2us.org.uk will allow you to see if you are able to claim for help with you bills or not.


9. Energy Usage Monitors - save £50 or more

These handy little devices plug into your wall and allow you to monitor your electricity usage. When you first get one of these devices you’ll drive yourself crazy by running around the house switching different appliances on and off in order to see which item is costing the most to run. Energy monitors can be a good way of demonstrating to the more care free members of your family how much it costs to spend ten minutes in the shower or how much it costs to leave a light on that’s not needed.


10. Switch Things Off And Use Energy Saving Bulbs - save up to £40

Turnin

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g lights and everyday appliances off when they are not in use will save you as much as £40 per year on your energy bills. An extra saving is that energy saving bulbs actually last upto ten times longer than the old style, meaning you don't have the cost of replacing them for what used to seem like every two minutes.

 

 

Summary

I hope that you have found this guide to cutting energy bills useful. Implementing just a few of the things that are mentioned above will have a positive effect on lowering your energy bills.


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Comments

Feb 13, 2012 1:40am
DebDavies
We keep the thermostat at 68F, gives me a valid excuse to buy more fuzzy socks. I adore fuzzy socks ;-)
Feb 13, 2012 5:41am
gloomz
Great tips! It is amazing how much you can save even just by changing your light bulb to an energy efficient one.
Feb 13, 2012 8:46pm
landocheese
All good tips. I have used many of these. It helps in my neck of the woods to keep the window shades open in winter to get that solar energy. I also love LED light bulbs - all the efficiency without heat or fragile glass.
Feb 13, 2012 9:25pm
zenfo
Great tips. Many electronic devices and chargers constantly use electricity. Plug these energy vampires into power strips and then switch off the strips whenever the device is not needed. The savings are less than your tips but every little bit helps.
Feb 13, 2012 9:51pm
Aleo
Many great points, well done on the feature.
Mar 2, 2012 8:02pm
WebAddict
Although it's set for the UK, some of the tips can be practically applied anywhere else, so thanks!
Jun 16, 2013 5:56pm
MrRooibos
Great tips, well written article
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