Rule number one when saving money on your energy is to switch to a different energy supplier. But there are other things you can do to help you save further.
Shut down TVs and computers
Televisions and computers left on standby consume the same amount of electricity as if they were left on throughout the day. The easiest way to ensure this is to just switch your favourite electronics off at the wall.
Draught-proof your home
The more cold air in your home, the more you are going to feel like you need to whack the heating on. Identifying the areas in your home that are vulnerable to draughts and tackling the problem head on might help you save up to £20 off your yearly energy bill.
Feel for draughts by your doors and windows, which can easily be covered over using draught excluding kits that can be found in most DIY stores.
The heat you spend your valuable money on is much more likely to stay in your home if your loft is insulated well. Why? Well, heat rises, and if your loft is insulated properly it won’t escape through your ceiling.
The recommended depth of blanket-style insulation material is between 250-270 mm, but if you want to be safe, you can always go a little bit thicker. It’s worth checking your existing insulation, because in days gone by the recommended depth was once as low as 100mm. You could save up to £215 a year by doing this.
Paying for the installation of double-glazed windows will be an expensive purchase, but certainly a long-term energy-saving investment. Not only can heat escape through single-glazed windows much easier, but when it’s particularly cold, the single-paned glass windows will struggle to protect you from the freezing wind and air outside.
Efficient home heating
Replacing old, inefficient boilers is expensive and sometimes not a viable option, but it might be worth having a look at government energy schemes to see whether you qualify for any energy grants that will help you improve the energy efficiency of your home.
If your boiler is okay to continue existing in your home, learn to be clever. It should go without saying that you should only schedule your heating and hot water to come on when you know you are going to be home, or just before so you can heat the house before your arrival. The thermostatic valves on your radiators can also act as a way to conserve energy by turning them down or completely off in the areas of your home you spend the least amount of time in.
Use your appliances wisely
The next time you put a wash on, ask yourself whether it needs an hour-long wash, or if a quick 20 degree refresher wash will suffice - especially if you’ve only worn something for a day or two. It might be smart to keep back the clothes you know need more of an intense wash, so you have the option to do lighter washes more frequently.
The same goes for your dishwasher. Only put it on when it’s full to the brim, and if possible, wash some items up by hand. But remember not to leave the hot tap on while you’re doing it...
A bit of a wild card this one, but if you’re looking to save energy for the sake of your bank balance and the planet, it could be a worthy investment. They might be considered an eye-sore by some, but part-powering home with renewable electricity means you can preserve the non-renewable energy that’s going to increase your yearly bill.