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 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.ï»¿
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
Turning 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.
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.