During these uncertain times, we are spending more and more time indoors. As we know too well by this point, more time at home means spending more on our energy bills. This can be pretty detrimental to our bank accounts, given the financial burdens that this year has already brought upon many of us. Of course, with government measures such as the Energy Price Cap in place you don’t need to worry about paying over the odds for your energy, but this doesn’t mean that you can fire up your boiler at all times of the day and not pay for it.
So, let’s learn how to push those energy bills down while we spend more time inside.
Switch to an economy tariff
An economy tariff allows you to make the most of cheaper electricity rates at off-peak times. For example, economy 10 tariffs give you 10 hours of cheaper electricity, while economy 7 gives you 7. This is particularly useful if you have an electric car, as you will be able to charge it during the night time. You will see real differences in your energy bill at the end of each month if you make the most of off-peak times.
Check your appliances!
Your electrical appliances are responsible for 55% of the electricity usage in your home. So, you should probably invest in energy efficient appliances. But how do you know if they are energy efficient? Firstly, learning how to read the label will help you out a lot, as they directly show how efficient they are. Investing in very efficient appliances upfront might be expensive to start with, however after a while you will see big savings. To know more, check out the Energy Saving Trust’s guide to home appliances which further details the benefits of choosing your appliances wisely.
Invest in a smart thermostat
Firstly, investing in a smart thermostat is an easy way to keep track of your energy consumption and learn how to make some eco-responsible choices when it comes to your gas and electricity usage. A smart thermostat works by letting you change your home’s temperature from your smartphone. You can regulate temperature from your sofa, or even from outside the house entirely. Your system must be compatible with a thermostat in order for it to work properly.
But remember – don’t change the temperature of your thermostat too often, since this can have the adverse effect and cause your energy bills to rise! Your boiler will use more and more energy simply by heating up and cooling down again. Keeping your home’s temperature steady is better for your bills and the environment. Using a smart thermostat can help you to regulate this.
Switch to energy saving light bulbs
Did you know that energy saving light bulbs consume only 15-25% of the electricity that is needed from regular bulbs? They even last up to 25 times longer!
Switching to energy saving light bulbs has many benefits for your home. You’ll save money on your bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Moreover, there are so many funky energy saving bulbs on the market, so you’ll be able to find some that fit the style of your home. You can find them in a wide range of colours and styles.