Save Money On Your Energy Bills
Everybody wants to lower their energy bills. Take a look at your most recent energy bill—with the long winter finally over, you might have noticed that you spent quite a bit on heating alone.
But you don’t have to spend so much on energy. There are a few things you can do to reduce your energy expenses. It just takes a bit of time, effort, and determination to improve your energy use habits. Take a look at the following ways to lower your energy bills and save money now!
- Switch suppliers
There are plenty of deals offered by utility providers that many people haven’t heard about. In fact, if you’ve been with your energy company for a while now, you’re probably missing out on cheaper rates. Switching to a better deal or even to a new supplier altogether is one of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills.
You’ll need your most recent energy bill and bank details to be able to make the switch. Switching energy suppliers is easy and seamless—you won’t be cut off at any point and you can save more than £250. There are many price comparison websites that are Ofgem-accredited.
- Change your payment method
Unknown to many is that payment methods such as a prepayment meter or credit are much more expensive than paying by direct debit. Together with switching your energy company, if you switch to a better payment method, you’ll save quite a bit of money.
Paying by direct debit is usually the cheapest method and you won’t have to worry about missing any payments. For gas and electricity, you can potentially save between £50 to £70. Another good option is to manage your payments online, which is inexpensive and extremely convenient.
- Boost your home’s energy efficiency
How well your house retains heat is crucial to your energy bills. So in order to lower your energy expenses, you’ll need to make your home as efficient as possible. This will mainly revolve around sealing any gaps and preventing draughts.
Stick adhesive draught-proofing strips around window frames and over the gaps around the edges of doors. Also, install a cover over your doors’ keyholes and a flap or brush to stop draughts from the letterbox. Other important areas to draught proof are chimneys, loft hatches, and in between floorboards. Additionally, make sure that your home has adequate insulation in the walls.
- Ensure your heating is in tip top shape
One of the most important things you can do to lower your energy bills is to regularly check up on your heating system. You should schedule for a certified heating engineer to inspect and service your central heating—depending on the fuel you use, you’ll need to contact a professional registered with the appropriate association.
They’ll be able to see if your heating is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. They’ll spot any things that could be a problem and repair or replace them as necessary. At the same time, you should ask them for more tips on how to save on your heating and hot water costs. For example, they might suggest you switch to a new boiler with a higher energy rating to unlock savings down the line. If you follow their advice, you’ll need to do research on the boiler prices.
- Change your consumption habits
It might be obvious, but the less energy you use, the less you’ll have to spend on your bills. Depending on your lifestyle and resolve, this can be difficult. However, there are a few tips to make it easier for you to use less energy.
Start by turning down your thermostat 1 degree at a time—this could save 10% off your bill—and keep going until you find the optimal temperature. Use the eco settings on your appliances. Make sure your fridge is stocked up and the freezer is free of ice. Switch to energy saving light bulbs. And install smart devices, such as a thermostat, to optimise your energy use while having a convenient way to make your home comfortable.
Do you have any other tips on lowering your energy bills? Please share!
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