Quick ways you can save money on energy bills
We all want to spend a little less on bills. Saving on your energy is a win-win, as you’re helping the planet by using a little less, as well as saving the pennies. Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce your energy bills.
Energy bills can be confusing, so it’s good to get help from the experts to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Money Saving Expert have a great Cheap Energy Club service, where they’ll compare your current energy tariff to others on the market and tell you if you’re overpaying. Once you’re signed up, they’ll email you any time there’s a price change, so you can always be on the cheapest tariff.
If you can physically see how much money you’re spending, it generally makes you a bit less frivolous. That’s why smart meters are great; not only do you have the convenience of being able to adjust your heating from your phone, whether you’re at home or out and about, but you’ll also be able to see a running total of your current bill. Most energy providers are offering upgrades to smart meters for free, so there’s no real reason why you shouldn’t make the switch.
Make savings in the shower
A shower is one of the biggest contributors to your water usage, and a big family could mean big bills. Thankfully, there’s a gadget that can help. Hydrao is a smart shower head, integrated with LED lights that change colour based on your water usage; starting at green and moving through blue and purple, and finally turns red when you’ve used too much water.
Most of us are guilty of leaving plugs switched on and things on standby, but almost all electrical products and kitchen appliances can be turned off without upsetting their programming (obvious exceptions to the rule include alarm clocks and fridge freezers!). Taking your TVs, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer etc. off standby mode could save you around £30 a year.
Can you feel a draught?
The last one is a pretty obvious one – you have to make sure your home is draught-free and insulated to reduce heat loss in your home. Professional draught-proofing of windows and doors, and blocking cracks in the floors can cost around £200, but can save around £25 a year on energy bills. Doing it DIY can be much cheaper for example, buying a chimney draught excluder costs little but could save around £15 a year. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have loft insulation – as much as 50% of your heating could disappear through your walls and roof.
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