With the general cost of living on the rise, we’re all more conscious of – and thinking of ways to reduce – the price of our energy bills. Cutting your energy bills doesn’t mean sitting in the freezing cold with no heating on, or missing the odd shower or bath...there are in fact a number of ways you can cut your bills around your home.
Small changes make a big difference when it comes to cutting energy within your home. And the more you change, the more energy – and money – you’ll save.
Below are the top-ten money-saving tips as recommended by the Energy Saving Trust:
- Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and typically saves around £75 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Turn appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. Also remember not to leave items, such as phones, laptops and tablets on charge unnecessarily
- If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher - one full load uses less energy than two half loads
- Only boil as much water as you need
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
- Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £45 over the lifetime of the bulb
- Do a home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and the Energy Saving Trust will give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £320 a year on your household energy bill
For more information about how to save energy in homes around your home – and even in the garden, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.