We’re very aware of the changes to our energy bills, which mainly seem to be going upwards (!). Our home is occupied almost 24/7 as I work from home and the children are back from school in the afternoon. So something is always on, some time of the day.
It’s recently been reported that energy bills are likely to rise by up to 28% for many in the UK as people come to the end of fixed contracts.
This is a massive hike for any family. Whilst energy regulator, Ofgem can only do so much to bring about tarrif changes (if at all) there are things each of us can do to help ourselves!
Here are FIVE ways to save money when it comes to household energy bills:
1 Turn off anything on standby mode
Electrical appliances like TVs use up a lot of energy even when left on standby mode. Turning off at the plugs when they are not being used will save money.
2 Use smart controls
The world is becoming a place where there is an app that will take care of any task. Making use of apps that control your heating can allow you to have greater control. If you forgot to turn the heating off, you can do it from your mobile. The app will also give you useful data to help better understand how you are using energy around the home. Our new heating system can be controlled remotely & it’s great!
3 Don’t stay in the shower too long
It’s true! Taking ages in the shower or leaving the water running when you’re not in it costs you money! All those extra minutes add up over the course of a year.
4 Clear your radiators
If your radiators are blocked out by large furniture like shelving or sofas then you are losing significant levels of heat. Either move your furniture away from the radiators or think about getting a vertical radiator to fit into the space better. There are so many creative radiator solutions around now, like warmrooms.co.uk – there really is a style & solution for every wall!
Also check your radiators are working as well as they should be. Bleeding a radiator will make it work to the best level of efficiency. Get broken radiators fixed or replaced, as they can cost you more through heating bills to heat than getting a new one.
5 Turn lights off
If you have children who can reach the light switch this one is difficult to enforce! Train the children to get into the habit of switching them off when you can. You can also save on lighting by switching to LED bulbs or buying energy efficient bulbs.
Making small changes in your home can add up to a lot of pounds & pence saved on energy bills over months and years.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.