The continuing energy crisis across Britain has meant we’re all looking at how we can save money on energy bills. With gas prices expected to rise well into next year and energy bills rising as much as 30% in 2022, now is the time to make changes.
Here’s our top ten tips to make your home more efficient and help cut the costs of energy bills.
1. Switch off at the plug
Switching your electricals off standby when you are not using them during the day and overnight can be a huge saver. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust says you can save £35* per person per year by switching off at the plug.
Devices like TVs, game consoles and laptops are the worst culprits when it comes to electronics and should always be powered off at the plug or unplugged when not in use.
2. Turn your thermostat down
It’s no surprise that heating hot water and warming your home are the biggest and most costly parts of our energy bills. But being savvier with your heating can save you money in the long run. Just turning your heating down by one single degree can save £££.
Plus, keeping a monitor on your heating usage, setting timers and investing in smart home technology can give you greater control on how you heat your home.
3. Invest in double glazing
If your home is only fitted with single glazed widows, you’ll be losing a lot of heat. Double glazing not only saves money on energy bills by acting as an insulation barrier but will also keep more noise out.
Target Windows specialises in double glazing offering a range of styles that will suit your home. Our bespoke glazing design service comes fully guaranteed and handled by experts with more than 30 years in the industry.
4. Draught proof doors and windows
If you can’t afford to pay for double glazing right now, you should look to temporarily improve your insulation by draught proofing your home.
Draught proofing windows and doors could save you around £25* per person per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. Using draught excluders, sealing tape or double-glazing window film can all help to limit heating loss for the short term.
5. Shorter showers
Spending one minute less in your shower each day can save money on energy bills. In fact, making that simple adjustment to your morning routine comes with a potential saving of £17* for a four-person household over the course of a year.
You can also be more energy efficient and eco-friendly by choosing a water saving shower head. This way you will help to restrict the volume of water that leaves the shower head without compromising on pressure.
6. Opt for LED bulbs
Swapping to LED bulbs can also reduce energy bills. LEDs use significantly less energy than Halogens and last a lot longer. You would be looking at a saving of somewhere in the region of £30* per person per year by doing this.
LED bulbs are available from most supermarkets and DIY stores. Ask a specialist in store for more advice if you are unsure what wattage you should go for.
7. Get a smart meter
Smart meters are great for helping to keep tabs on your heating usage. They will also provide your energy company with accurate meter readings so that you only pay for what you use, instead of relying on costly estimated readings.
Smart meters are free to use and free to install with most energy suppliers. It is worth switching to an energy supplier that will provide a smart meter. Check with your current supplier for more details.
8. Insulate your roof
Roof insulation is a sure-fire way to help cut the costs of your monthly bills. And it is relatively cheap and simple to carry out. If you have an old conservatory or extension on your home, be careful that you are not losing additional heat through this.
By refurbishing your conservatory roof, you’ll be able to get rid of condensation build-up and also control the temperature better throughout the year.
9. Don’t let it boil over
Filling the kettle with just enough water for what you need can lead to a potential saving of £6* per person per year.
Remember that you don’t need to fill the kettle all the way to the top just for one cuppa!
10. Turn off your lights
Finally, switching off lights when you leave the room can save around £11* per person per year. It seems like such an obvious and simple task, but you’d be surprised how many lights are left on when they don’t need to be!
*energysavingtrust.org.uk provided the data on the potential £££ to be saved. Check out the website for more information on being energy efficient.