It’s not uncommon in the current economic climate to wonder how to reduce energy bill expenses. Energy prices are at record levels, the cost of living crisis is in full swing and winter is rearing its chill-inducing head once again. To add insult to injury, many energy suppliers are now refusing to accept new customers, so being able to find a better energy tariff than the one offered by your current energy supplier is not really an option.
But don’t rest your fate solely in the hands of energy tariffs, with these 5 energy-saving tips (and the Energy Price Guarantee) you can reduce your energy usage and save money.
Energy Saving Measures
Insulate your home:
Installing insulation such as 100mm celotex GA4100 in your attic, walls, and floors will aid your property in retaining warmth. In turn, this will help to reduce energy consumption and central heating use.
Invest in a more energy-efficient boiler:
Energy-efficient appliances are essential in driving down energy use. In 2007, the UK passed a law that all new boilers must be ‘condensing’. Condensing boilers reuse the heat in flue gases, as opposed to wastefully expelling it. This process renders condensing boilers at the very least, 90% energy efficient- meaning they use 40%-50% less energy than non-condensing models.
Use a programmable thermostat:
A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature of your home when you’re not there. The Energy Saving Trust reports that lowering your thermostat by just one degree Celsius (from 20C to 19C) could save you a whopping 10% on your heating bill.
Get a home energy audit:
A home energy audit is a great way to see where your home is wasting energy. An energy auditor will conduct a thorough examination of your home’s heating and cooling systems, insulation, lighting, appliances, and more. The auditor will then provide you with a report that outlines ways you can save energy and lower your energy bills. Alternatively, a smart meter can help you understand how much energy you use.
Educate yourself on peak demand hours:
Peak demand hours are times when everyone is electricity simultaneously—think mid-afternoon on a hot summer day or early evening during winter months when everyone’s coming home from work and turning on their lights and appliances. During peak demand hours, electricity rates are higher because there’s greater demand for electricity from power plants. By avoiding using electricity during these times, you can lower your electricity bills significantly over time—up to 10% according to some estimates! So next time you’re tempted to whack on the tumble dryer at 6pm on a Tuesday night during winter, consider waiting until off-peak hours instead.
There are plenty of simple ways to lower your heating bills without making any major changes to your lifestyle or sacrificing comfort in your own home. By following some of the tips outlined above, you can start saving money right away! And who doesn’t love saving money.
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