When you have a home, the property requires a lot of upkeep. Even if you don’t own the house, if you’re paying for energy bills they can add up quickly. Luckily there are many ways to cut down on costs and save energy. The average gas and electricity bill in the UK was £1,138, more than twice what it was a decade earlier. There has been a bit of respite in the last few years, the average home is still paying over £1,000 every year. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are many different options to cut down, and some of them are quite easy.
Pay the Right Way
The Department of Energy and Climate Change suggests that you use a direct debit or prepayment rather than standard credit. This could save you a lot on gas and electric. Direct debit is usually the cheapest way to go, but in recent times some of the best savings can be made by managing everything online. Ofgem rules limit suppliers to cash bonuses for direct debit and online payments. Ideally you should be using one of them.
Two thirds of energy used at homes in the UK is for space heating. This accounts for half of all energy bills. Including water, heat rises to two thirds of the average cost. Heat is pricey. The more heat you use, the higher your bills will be. Insulation is key. Investing in good insulation can help keep the heat in. You can also use a smart thermostat. These remotely-controlled thermostat systems enable you to control the temperature even when you’re not at the site. They also come with advanced features like machine learning that can learn your routine and adjust the temperature according to when you are home. You can also use the system to adjust for the weather. However you choose to do it, taking control of your heating capabilities is necessary to save money.
Make your Property Draught-Proof
One of the best ways to reduce heat loss is to draught-proof your property. If you have foam and sealant around, you can get to work on it. Leaky windows, doors, hatches, electric al fittings on walls, floorboards, pipework, or joints can be really easy fixes. It’s as simple as blocking air gaps. Use adhesive foam strips for doors.
Maintain for Winter
According to the specialists at the site MoneyPug, a platform to compare energy, another thing you should do when it comes to preparing your home is to maintain it for winter. You should make sure that your gutters are cleared of debris. Drains should not be blocked. You should inspect timbers and brickwork to determine if anything needs to be prepared. Finally, check external pipes, taps, and hoses to make sure that they are drained, turned off, and insulated. Taking these simple precautions will ensure that your home is ready for the winter ahead.
One of the easiest things you can do to make sure that you are not paying too much for power is to switch suppliers. If you’ve been with your supplier for more than three years and haven’t changed your policy, it is probable that they switched your rate without telling you. What they will do is bump you up to the standard payment after around this period of time. If you haven’t asked them about your policy recently, it might be time to look into a new provider.
Change your Lightbulbs
Did you know that LED lightbulbs are 90 percent more effective than traditional incandescent bulbs? However big your home is, this can make a significant difference in what you are paying. They aren’t just more effective, they are cheaper. LEDs will pay for themselves in months and last much, much longer than the other bulbs. Lighting makes up the majority of these energy costs, and you can cut down on the expense by changing your bulbs, turning off the lights when you leave the room, and use meters, timers, and lighting controls.
Every home uses energy, and the majority of homes use too much of it. You can cut down by taking on these simple steps. There are more as well. This is just the beginning. Stay conscious and you will find new ways to save energy and money.