Clear out and cash in this Spring
According to a new study by British Gas, ninety percent of British households no longer conduct an annual spring clean. On the surface, this might not seem like that big a deal, but the demise of this great British tradition means that households across the country could be missing out on the opportunity to save up to £2,000 a year.
The study found that more than half of us simply don't find the time to clear out the unused or unwanted items that are cluttering valuable space at home. And according to money saving expert, Jasmine Birtles, unwanted goods such as electrical equipment, home furniture or the long neglected exercise equipment could generate enough funds to make significant home improvements that could make a significant difference to their energy bills.
With this in mind, British Gas is launching an Energy Spring Clean campaign to help encourage everyone to improve their home’s energy efficiency.
And as part of this campaign, we'll be reintroducing our Boiler Scrappage Scheme that was taken up by 30,000 households last year. The scheme, which launches on May 1st and runs until June 30th, gives customers £400 off the cost of a new boiler and could save them a further £300 off their energy bills by replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new one.
With Jasmine's help we have created a series of easily achievable 20 Minute Spring Clean fixes that could instantly save you over £500 a year:
20 Minute Spring Clean Fixes
- Switch to energy efficiency light bulbs and save around £40 per year
- Ditch the tumble drier. Tumble dryers are the most energy intensive household appliances. Dry clothes on a washing line instead and save about £70 a year.
- Stop leaving your appliances on standby. Instead, plug them in to a standby server, which will automatically switch off unused items, helping you to save up to £30.
- Take control of your heating by turning your thermostat’s dial down by one degree and cut your energy bills by up to 10% and save £60 per year. Also make homemade draught excluders for the doors and windows in your home by filling old tights and clothes.
- Get your boiler serviced. An inefficient boiler could cost you up to 30% of your gas bill (approx £300), so now’s the time to get it checked. Also take the opportunity to bleed your radiator to ensure that you and your family are warm next winter.
- Insulate your pipes. Invest in insulation for your hot water cylinder and save yourself around £40 a year. Also insulate your hot water pipes. This will cost you £15 but will pay for itself within year.
In addition, there are also some bigger investments to consider, which could put more than £1,400 per year back into your pockets.
- Upgrade your boiler and save up to £700 courtesy of British Gas’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme. The scheme gives customers £400 off the cost a new boiler and replacing an inefficient boiler can save up to 30% off energy bills.
- Invest in insulation. Installing loft insulation could save you around £145 on your energy bill and cavity wall insulation could save you around £110 each year and for a limited period, British Gas is offering customers free cavity and loft insulation.
- Install solar panels and generate your own electricity - helping to cut your electricity bills for years to come by saving more than £800 on your bill each year.