How to Save Money on Energy Bills

UK households spend an exceptional amount of money on energy each year. With many households racking up £1,000+ on bills annually, reducing costs in this area could substantially improve the financial wellbeing of families.

Knowing how to cut costs, though, can be tricky as many people aren’t aware of how to reduce their energy usage, other than through obvious means like turning down the heat. Below we outline a few key areas that could potentially reduce the cost of your energy bills.

Install Smart Thermostats

Smart technology is finding its way into many modern homes. Whether it’s Alexa or Google Nest, many homes are incorporating smart tech, which can regulate everything from lighting, temperature, electronics, or smoke alarms. Smart thermostats provide a great benefit as they can regulate the temperature and only heat the rooms that you are using, rather than the entire home.

Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances

Appliances can be enormous energy wasters, particularly when it comes to washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Which.co.uk estimate that an energy-efficient fridge-freezer, for example, could save you £50 per year. To assess whether your appliance is energy-efficient or not, check its energy-efficient rating, which can range from A (most efficient) to D (least efficient).

Eliminate Draughts

One of the more obvious ways of cutting energy costs is to reduce the draughts in your house so that you’re not turning up the thermostat every 10 minutes. Reducing draughts can be done in a number of ways, such as sealing cracks, putting draught stoppers at the base of your doors, or closing up any noticeable gaps that allow outdoor air into the home.

Windows are also a notorious source of draughts. If you haven’t already invested in double glazing, check out Mainstream Windows for cost-effective options.

Turn Off Appliances & Technology

Appliances or technology such as computers can also silently eat up energy if they’re left on standby. When not in use, ensure that you switch plug sockets off and turn all appliances and technology off. You might be surprised by how much money you end up saving over the course of the year.

Wash Clothes & Dishes at Lower Temperatures

You may not be aware of it, but washing your clothes at 30C instead of 40C could save many pounds off your annual bill. Many modern dishwashers also come with an eco-function, which means you can wash your dishes at a lower temperature.

Install Insulation

Insulating your roof or your inner walls can go a long way towards making your home warmer and more energy efficient. While the cost of laying the insulation can be high, it is worth it in the long run as it can potentially shave off your energy bills while keeping you warmer in the process.

If you haven’t implemented any of the above, it may be worth considering, especially if you are aiming to reduce your annual energy bills. Not only will it be beneficial to your bank account, but it will also help the environment, too.

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