As winter approaches and your energy bill is starting to increase, you may be looking for ways to save on your energy bills. The more energy efficient a home is, the less power it needs to stay warm and so the lower the energy bill for the homeowner. Here are our top tips for saving money this winter.
Get an energy monitor
Investing in an energy monitor will tell you exactly how much energy you are using at any given time and will help you identify which appliances are using a lot of energy. You will be able to view weekly or monthly summaries so you won’t have any surprise bills at the end of the month.
You can buy monitors for around £25, or your supplier might even give you one for free. Which? have a very useful guide for choosing the best monitor for you.
The next step is to make sure you are getting the best deal possible on your energy bills. Don’t automatically stay with your current supplier, but regularly compare prices. Many suppliers will offer a duel-fuel deal if you use them for both your gas and electricity.
Make sure to address any draughts to prevent energy loss. Use draught-proofing strips around your doors and window frames and fix brush or hinged-flap draught excluders to the bottom of doors. A lot of heat is also lost through chimneys, so if you don’t use yours, you can fit a cap over the chimney pot.
Good loft insulation is essential for saving money on your energy bills as heat rises and can be lost through your roof. Older properties that already had loft insulation installed may not have the recommended levels. Roof insulation can be installed by a roofing company, who can also check the condition of your roof and repair any issues that may also be causing excess heat loss. Simply search ‘roofers in Middlesbrough’, for example, to find the best deal in your area.
Switch to energy saving bulbs
According to energy.gov energy saving bulbs not only last 3-25 times longer, but they typically use around 25-80% less energy than traditional bulbs. It is essential you also make sure to switch off lights when they are not in use.
Did you know, if you turn your thermostat down by just one degree, you can save up to £60 per year? So get cosy under blankets, jumpers and layers, and warm up with a hot chocolate.
Adapt your cooking habits
Something as simple as putting a lid on your pot when boiling water will reduce the energy required to heat it. Make sure to choose the right ring size for your pot as a big pan on a small ring will require more energy to heat it up.
You should also make the most of a hot oven, by utilising the space and cooking multiple meals at once and leaving the door open after cooking to warm the house.
There you have it, our top tips for saving energy this winter. Just implementing a few of these small changes really can make a big difference to your bills.