While we’ve all got a bit more time at the minute to dedicate to those chores we’ve been putting off – you know, like sorting that drawer in the kitchen that is overflowing with dead batteries and broken biros. There’s no better time to take stock of your finances and see if you could save money on your utility bills.
Switch energy supplier
Most of us find switching energy suppliers a bit of a faff – and energy companies know this. Set aside some time and check deals of other suppliers. You’re probably paying default tariffs, and there are plenty of companies who have better rates.
If you’ve recently switched, check that you’re on the cheapest tariff and don’t forget to send regular meter readings to keep your bills accurate – if you have a smart meter, it will do this automatically.
Reduce your room temperature
Did you know that if you reduce your room temperatures by just 1⁰C, you’ll not only cut your heating bills, but you will also cut your home’s carbon emissions. So, before you turn the heating on, put on an extra layer and snuggle under a blanket to get your Netflix binge on.
Remember, a smart thermostat will only help you save money if you’re smart with how you use it.
While it may seem an insignificant thing to do, swapping out your old lightbulbs for energy-saving ones can easily cut your bills. LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient and use almost 90% less power than traditional incandescent ones.
If you’re already using energy-saving bulbs – remember to switch off the lights when you leave a room.
Stop heat escaping through gaps in doors, windows, floors, and fireplaces. While you could save more with professional draught-proofing, there are some DIY alternatives you can use.
Use draught-proofing strips around window and door frames. Create a draught excluder for gaps between floors and door frames. And if your front door opens straight into your living room, a heavy curtain will stop cold air entering and warm air escaping.
Choose energy-efficient appliances
If you’re replacing an appliance, you can cut your electricity bills by choosing the most energy-efficient model. Most new models have an EU energy-efficiency rating on the front with clear colours and lettered grading.
The more energy-efficient an appliance is, the more money you’ll save on your bills. To make your laundry more cost-effective, wash clothes on the shortest cycle that’s practical for your needs. Not only will you be saving on water and electricity, the cycle causes less damage to your clothes, helping them last longer too!