Now that there’s a chill in the air, you might be tempted to flick the heating on for a bit of extra warmth around your house. With all of the talk in the news about rising energy prices, it stands to reason that you would be searching for ways to keep your energy bills as low as possible.
Here are five ways you can stop your energy bills from being too high this autumn.
Don’t leave devices on standby
It is estimated that leaving devices on standby instead of switching them off can cost the average home £80 a year in energy bills! These days, most plug sockets can actually be turned on and off by your phone, so if you find yourself feeling too lazy to get out of bed to turn your appliance off at the wall, your phone can just do it for you. A cheaper alternative to this are timer plug sockets, that you can schedule to turn appliances off at certain times.
Check your insulation
One of the most common reasons we spend more on our energy bills is because heat is escaping the home through poorly insulated walls and roofs. Laying loft insulation in a home that previously wasn’t insulated has been known to save up to £150 a year. Similarly, insulating cavity walls can save up to £165 a year. It’s easier than ever to access these heat saving measures. Simply type “cavity wall insulation installers near me” into Google and reduce your bills!
Think about your water use
Our water use is usually the utility that gets forgotten. Small changes, such as doing the washing up in a bowl instead of using the dishwasher or a running tap, can save you £25 a year. Opting for a more efficient shower head can also save you as much as £18 per person on your annual energy bills. A brilliant option if you have a large family taking showers.
Choose energy saving light bulbs
The clue is in the name, an energy saving light bulb will save you money on your energy bills. An LED light bulb is the most efficient choice, as they can save about £35 a year, as well as 120kg of carbon dioxide. They cost less than £3 and have usually paid for themselves through energy savings in a few months. Already using energy saving bulbs? Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room and make sure you’re using the right size bulb for the room!
Keep an eye on your bills!
Monitor your bills closely so you can see exactly what your outgoings are each month. Usually, a sharp increase in price for your gas and electricity bill means you’re no longer in contract with your current provider. Either call your provider to ensure you re-enter a contract (most tariffs last 12 months) or take the opportunity to browse comparison sites for a better deal!
Following these tips is a sure fire way to save some money on your energy bills, especially now prices are rising. Implement these tactics as soon as possible to keep those monthly charges nice and low.