Want to save money on your energy bills? Taking steps to understand your home and how you use everything from lighting to everyday household items can put you on the path to better energy efficiency. Although reducing your energy consumption will help you save money on gas and electricity, it’s also a good idea to check you’re on the best tariff.
Washing. Cooking. Cleaning… all everyday necessities but some of the biggest energy culprits in your home. Fridge freezers are on all day, every day. Electric hobs and tumble driers also use a lot of energy. TV? Plasma screens use more electricity than LED ones. The bigger the screen, the bigger your bill.
Appliances also vary a lot in their energy efficiency. Those with a rating of A+++ consume less energy, while those with a G rating use the most.
When you’re looking to replace older appliances, look for ones with A+++ - they may cost more but they’ll work out far cheaper to run in the long run by saving you money on your energy bill.
If you choose an A+++ fridge freezer over an A+ unit, you could save around £255 in energy bills over the lifetime of the product. And if you choose a smaller fridge with the same energy rating, it will use even less energy. You can compare the total energy consumption of all your appliances, for more savings by looking for their yearly energy consumption in kWh/ annum displayed on the bottom right of the energy label.
Looking for a lightbulb moment? Lighting makes up about 15% of your energy costs, so small changes can make big differences. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the most energy efficient on the market, but Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) also consume less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Although LED light bulbs are still slightly more expensive than incandescent bulbs, you can make back the upfront cost in just a few months. Invest in them and you’ll get reduced energy consumption as they last up to 20 times longer.
Heating and hot water makes up about 62% of your energy bill, so your boiler and how you use it can have a big impact. Ways to reduce your gas bill include:
The older and less efficient your boiler is, the higher the savings could be when you decide to upgrade. If you live in a detached house and replace your boiler with a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls, you could save anywhere between £180 and £305 a year. Here’s another heating hack that’s really simple – turning down your thermostat by 1°C could reduce your heating bill by 10%.
The size of your home, number of people living in it and how well it’s built all affect its energy consumption. Don’t be surprised to see your energy bill varying season to season – you’re likely to use more heating and lighting in the winter than the summer. It’s also dependent on the quality of your insulation.
Little changes can add up to making a big difference. Here are some of the most effective home hacks you can try to be more energy efficient.
Smart meters are a great way of seeing how much gas and electricity you’re using. Your meters are linked to a monitor that shows how much energy your appliances are using – in near real time and in pounds and pence.
Put the monitor anywhere in your home. Smart meters can give you access to a broader range of tariffs on the market, including potentially cheaper options.
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On average, UK households spend about £30 a year powering appliances left in standby mode. Smart plugs help you make savings by letting you control the electricity supply to any plugged-in device. Tap an app and you can turn off gadgets and devices when you’re not there.
Looking to lower your energy bills?