Was saving money one of your New Year’s resolutions? This national day is perfect for you, not just a fad or gimmick it really is common sense as every home could make huge energy-savings if they haven’t already adopted energy saving habits or adapted their home.
Here are some great tips that you can do with little effort or expense through to those things that require a bit more investment but will reap greater savings:
1. Simple switch
Check you are getting the best rates for your energy on a regular basis as many UK households are on standard but expensive tariffs after their fixed price deal has ended. Challenge your supplier to reduce your bills or have a look at our comparison checker to see how much you could save; our users average saving is £394.87 per year.
2. Turn it off
We all know we should turn things off but in reality we don’t. According to the Energy Savings Trust (EST) you could save £30 per year by turning appliances off.
3. The heat is on
Cooking uses a lot of energy but you can reduce your spend by only boiling the amount of water needed in the kettle, by putting lids on pans, and use the oven or hob instead of the microwave.
4. Bathroom habits
Washing is essential and we wouldn’t suggest you skip it but you could save money through showering rather than bathing. You could save more by reducing your shower by 1 minute (family of 4 could save £80 per year according to the EST), or you could get an energy saving shower head to reduce the water consumption.
5. Turn down the heat
Did you know that turning down the thermostat by 1 degree could save you £80-85 per year according to the EST? So, instead of turning up the thermostat add a layer on yourself instead and reap the savings.
6. Smarter energy
Understand your energy consumption through a smart energy meter and end estimated bills. All energy companies are obligated to supply smart meters by 2020 but many are already installing them now. There is no charge for exchanging your meter if your supplier is installing them.
7. Dress your home for winter
Insulating your home and reducing draughts can save you a considerable amount on your energy bills as well as make your home more comfortable. Annual savings of £10-225 for insulating your loft, £70-425 for insulating your walls (depending on your house and wall type), and £25 for draught proofing could be achieved according to the EST. Take a look at our guide about insulation to see if your home could benefit, if you could be eligible for a grant and find an installer.
8. Have greater control
Make your heating easier to manage through adding heating controls to your existing system, such as a room thermostat, thermostat radiator valves (TRVs), or heating programmers to allow you to heat your home how and when you need to. The addition of these controls could save you around £75 per year according to the EST. Investing in smart heating controls like HIVE or NEST can help you manage your heating even more effectively.
9. Seeing the light
Lighting advancements have evolved a lot over the last 10 years and if you haven’t upgraded your bulbs to energy efficient LED lighting then you should look to switch as they last longer too. And if you like high-tech gadgets why not get some smart bulbs that allow you to control them with your smart phone or voice so there’s no excuse for leaving them on. You can even control them when you are away from home and dim them to reduce energy usage.
Heating accounts for 60% of energy bills so if you have an old inefficient boiler then it’s time to consider getting a new model, you could save £55-320 per year according to the EST. An old boiler costs more to run and is probably starting to become unreliable and uneconomical to repair. With pay monthly boilers available you can even use your savings to pay towards your new boiler. If you are interested in a new boiler take a look at our guide and offers available, including accessing grants.
11.Out with the old
Like your old boiler, old appliances such as washers, driers, fridges, and cookers can be costing you more to run. When you can, switch them for a new model and check the energy rating to ensure you can make the maximum savings.
12.When the sun shines
When the sun shines don’t just hang out your washing, generate your own energy through solar panels. But of course, it’s not just when the sun is shining that solar panels can harness the suns energy which is why the UK climate is suitable for solar panels. You can either generate electricity or utilise the sun to heat your hot water. And with the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme you can be paid for using solar panels. Find out more about solar panels and find an installer.
Now each of these tips in insolation might not reduce your energy bills by much but making several adjustments and investing in energy-saving will soon pay for itself with the savings you make. And now really is the time to act whilst you can still reap the benefits during the high energy usage months of cold, dark days.