There are many things that you can do as a homeowner to reduce your energy bills, such as ensuring you are getting the best deal from your provider, making your home more energy efficient, and simply changing your habits to reduce your energy consumption.
Choosing your energy provider and getting the most out of them
The first thing you should consider is whether switching from your current provider or tariff will save you money.
- - Despite many misconceptions, changing providers is very easy once you’ve done your research, and there are even comparison websites that do the hard work for you.
- - Whether you choose to stay with your current provider, or are making the switch, you should consider moving to an online plan and paying by direct debit as these plans tend to be the most competitively priced.
- - Take regular meter readings to ensure you’re only charged for the energy you’ve used.
Spending money to save money
Sometimes the best way to save money is to spend money. By making your home eco-friendly, you can save yourself money in the long run.
- - Investing in a smart thermostat could save energy and money, cutting bills by up to 30%.
- - When you’re in need of new home appliances, it is best to check energy labels on products and look for those with the best energy rating for the size required.
- - Make smart energy-saving home improvements such as loft insulation, draught proofing, replacing old windows and even replacing your old boiler.
Being energy efficient
There are numerous ways in which you can actively reduce the energy consumption within your home.
- - Make it a habit to turn off all lights, televisions, computers, and any other electronic devices when you have finished using them, and unplug any appliances that are rarely used.
- - Whenever you replace your lightbulbs, be sure to buy LED bulbs which use about 10% of the energy an incandescent light bulb uses, and have a much greater lifespan.
- - Open curtains on sunny days to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, then close them at night to stop the heat escaping.
- - Reduce water waste by showering instead of taking baths, fix dripping taps and only boil as much water as you need.
- - It may sound obvious, but when you feel like turning the heating up, put a jumper on!
As well as reducing your energy bills, by being energy efficient, you are decreasing your carbon footprint, protecting the environment and helping to combat climate change. Let’s do it!