How to Keep Your Energy Bills Lower

Everyone needs a helping hand when it comes to keeping energy bills lower. Here is a list of tips to help you cut cost on your household bills.

Current studies show that new build homes are three to four times more efficient than older homes.


Whilst this is a tick in the green credentials box, it also means you will save money on your heating and energy bills. And there is more you can do to reduce costs - have a look over the following advice to make sure that you save as much as possible.

 
1.    Radiators
It’s a common thought that leaving the radiators on all day on a low setting will save you money. This is in fact a myth. Recent studies conducted by some of the largest energy providers in the UK show that it is in fact more economical to only turn the heating on when you need it. To help control this, install a thermostat which will turn the heating off and on according to your desired temperature – just make sure you regularly adapt it to seasonal changes in temperature.
2.    Timer
In addition to a thermostat, add a timer which will help you control how long your heating is on for. This is great for if you are not in at certain times of the day as you can set it not to come on so you save energy.

3.    Electric Heaters
Stay clear of electric heaters to heat your home – they are one of the most expensive forms of heating. It’s much more economical and cost effective to turn the heating on.

4.    Unplug your devices
If your phone or laptop isn’t charging anymore, make sure you turn off the power at the wall. Even if not supplying energy, devices can still draw electricity from the socket. Switch off and you could save money. Also avoid leaving devices on standby.

5.    Close the doors
When the heating is on, make sure you close doors to make sure hot air stays circulated in the room. Draft excluders can help reduce hot air escaping too.

6.    Use an air dryer
Dry your clothes on a clothes horse when the heating is on and avoid the tumble dryer – they are often expensive to run as they use a lot of energy. Make sure the room is well ventilated to ensure you don’t build up loads of moisture in your drying room.

7.    Take a shower
Showering rather than a bathing will save you water and energy.

8.    Compare
Shop around when selecting your energy provider – there are deals to be had on energy prices to make sure you don’t just settle with the first one you come across.

Publish date: 22/02/2016