It may still be the height of summer, but as this is the UK, chances are you’ll be feeling an autumnal chill very soon.
So now could be a good time to start thinking about how to reduce your energy bills.
You may assume that saving money on bills means making expensive changes to your home. Of course, if you have the budget, you could consider replacing single glazing with double glazing to keep the cold air out and trap the heat in. Or you could replace your boiler so your home heats up more efficiently. And by insulating the attic and any cavity walls, your home’s overall energy performance may improve significantly.
But we don’t all have a big savings pot to cover these home improvements. Luckily, there are many small changes you can make that should cost you very little or nothing at all. They’ll help you to become savvier with your energy use and this, in turn, will save you money.
Turn the thermostat down
This is one tip you probably hear a lot, but it does actually work. By simply turning the central heating thermostat down by just one degree C, you could save between £85 and £90 a year. In addition, if you still aren’t warm enough, try wearing a few more layers and make use of that onesie.
Use curtains to create warmth
Thick curtains can add more heat to a room, as they cut out draughts from windows, but surprisingly they’re also good at keeping out the noise too. On a bright sunny day, draw back your curtains and let rooms fill up with the sun’s natural warmth.
Change the light bulbs
For a small initial cost, you could change your bulbs to energy efficient ones. In winter when the days are shorter, you are likely to use the lights much more so energy efficient bulbs could help lower your bills. Though these bulbs can cost between £5 and £10 each, try looking out for multi-buy offers to save cash.
Once you replace all the bulbs, you could see a staggering saving of £180 per bulb over 25 years. Energy saving LED bulbs produce much whiter light than halogen, which is warm and yellow, so spaces will look lighter and brighter too. Just remember to switch off the lights when you a leave room.
Get smart in the kitchen
If you keep your fridge full, it will use less energy to keep cool. This will save you twice, because you’ll be doing fewer car journeys to the supermarket to get supplies, and you’ll also be spending less on your energy bills. Plus, your freezer will perform better and save energy if it’s full, so you can stock that up too!
When you’ve finished cooking a meal in the oven, be sure to turn it off and open the door a little. All that heat will flood into kitchen and warm it up – perfect on a chilly evening (although be certain to keep the kids away from the oven door)!
These small and simple changes can help make your home more energy efficient and save you money. There are other significant ways to make changes, for example, by insulating your loft or cavity walls or changing doors and windows from single to double glazing. Though these can be costly and time consuming, they’ll help make your home much warmer and could also prevent issues such as damp and heat loss.
Finally, you could also consider solar panels. Check online to see if there are any government incentives to help you with the cost, as they can change each year. If you do have solar panels fitted, any energy you don’t use can be sold back to your supplier.
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