As the cost of living continues to climb, we’re always keen to find new ways to cut back on expenses – and there’s no better place to start than in the home. In the bustle of the busy working week it’s easy to overlook the amount of energy we’re wasting – but with a few minor adjustments, you could dramatically reduce your outgoings. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve put together a list of 5 actionable tips to help you lower your energy bills and save some cash.
Educate your household
If you live alone, there is only you responsible for the amount of energy you’re using. However, if you have a family, it’s important for them to be educated in energy waste, too. If you’re making a conscious effort to take control of your energy usage, your efforts will be futile if those in your household aren’t following suit. Whether it’s agreeing to eat dinner as a family so the kitchen appliances are only used once an evening or only filling the kettle with as much water as you need, these small changes will have a big impact on your energy bills.
Watch TV together
In today’s technology driven world, households tend to have more than one TV – and while this allows you the freedom of watching different shows at the same time, it can drastically rack up your energy bills. If you and your family are watching the same TV show, watch it together. Not only will this allow you to spend time together as a family, you will see a noticeable reduction in your energy usage.
Switch it off
Whether it’s your TV, computer, laptop or microwave – turn them off overnight or when you leave the house. Unless your appliances are switched off at the wall, chances are they’re consuming energy in standby mode. If you have numerous electrical appliances in your household, the combined energy consumption of all of these items on standby can add up to a hefty bill over the year. According to the Energy Saving Trust you can save around £30 a year by turning things off.
Address your energy bills
If you’ve been with the same energy provider for a while, chances are you’re paying too much. By regularly taking energy meter readings and informing your energy supplier (or switching suppliers altogether!), you can ensure you’re keeping gas and electricity bills to a minimum. Smart heating systems are also a great way of monitoring and optimising the amount of energy you use heating your home.
Work around the weather
As Brits, we know all too well that the warm weather is fleeting – but while it’s here, make the most of it! From letting in the natural light to hanging your clothes out to dry, embrace the sunshine and leave your heating and drying appliances turned off for as long as possible during the summer months. This way, you’ll make the most of the sunny season and the money you save can go towards a holiday! Which? claims it can cost you up to £138 per year by using your tumble dryer.
So there you have it – 5 easy ways to help you reduce your energy bills. Now you’re armed with these practical, actionable tips, you can set about making your household a more efficient, cheaper place to run.