With energy prices rising and predicted to rise again, it is understandable that people are looking for ways to save on their energy bills. While an increase is unavoidable, you will find that there are a few steps that you can take that should soften the blow and make it easier to manage (while also reducing your environmental impact. So, what are a few of the best ways to save on your energy bills?
Turn Off Standby Appliances
First, you should get into the habit of turning appliances off when they are not in use. In a time when people have a lot of equipment, tech and appliances and are often working from home, this can all add up and use a lot of electricity. Instead, turn items off when they are not in use – this includes switching off at the wall.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a good investment as it will take accurate readings, only warm the rooms you are using and allows you to control your central heating via smartphone. This means that you can optimise your usage and lower your bills without having to freeze (this will be particularly handy during the winter months).
Turn Down the Heating
Leading on from this, it is amazing the difference that turning the temperature down can make on your energy bills over the long term. In addition to this, it is also a smart idea to get your boiler serviced and radiators checked to ensure that they are working as efficiently as this is key for keeping your bills down. If they are old, you might find that replacing your radiators is worthwhile as it could save you money and improve your heating.
Insulate the Home
A lot of energy is wasted because the home is not properly insulated. When you have insulation in the form of loft insulation, double glazing and/or wall cavity insulation, you can make significant savings while also helping to keep your home warm in the winter months. Cavity wall insulation is said to save around £245 per year while loft insulation could save around £130.
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
There are then various other ways that you can make savings over the long term. These include solar panel installation, upgrading old appliances with energy-efficient new ones and using LED lightbulbs.
The above could help you to make big savings on your energy bill. While it will not stop your bills from rising right now, you should be able to soften the blow and hopefully weather the storm before energy prices stabilise once again hopefully before long. In addition to helping you save money, you will also find that this will help you to lower your environmental impact too.
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