Saving money on energy costs within your household begins with making sure you are
not wasting the energy you are using. By draught proofing, you can prevent heat
from escaping your home whilst ensuring cold air does not seep in. An estimated
per year could be saved on your heating bill if you implement draught excluding measures.
Water Wasting Awareness
There are many techniques involving your consumption of water that could soon see
your energy bill decrease. Leaky taps should be fixed to prevent wasting energy
and when not in use, should be fully turned off. Running baths also has a draining
effect on your electricity supply — fill the bath up to only
the amount of water needed or better yet use a shower as they are far more energy
Of course you can save money by switching to appliances that do not require energy.
For example, using a washing line instead of a tumble dryer.
Effectively using Thermostats
By setting controls on your thermostats you can easily cut down your heating bill.
Such controls can be set so that the heating will automatically start and turn off
at certain times of the day. You can also heat individual rooms rather than the
entire house. Even turning the temperature of your thermostat down by only 1°
can save you up to
£85 – £90
Turning Appliances Off
It is far more cost effective to turn your electrical appliances off at the mains
rather than placing them on standby. To understand how much you could be wasting,
check out the infographic made by uswitch.com.
Upgrading your Boiler
Older boilers do not have thermostat setting and controls that can allow you to
monitor and reduce the amount of energy wasted within your home. By replacing and
updating your boiler you can save money in the long run.
Insulating your water heating tank
If you own a water-heating tank, you might be unaware of the energy being wasted
if the tank is poorly insulated. When the tank loses temperature, more energy is
used to bring the temperature back up and therefore, increasing your energy bill
amount. By investing in insulation for your tank you can reduce this waste of energy.
Using a Smart Meter
Have more control over your electricity use by investing in a smart meter. You will
be able to see where in the home you are consuming most energy and where you can
effectively reduce the amount of energy you use.
Energy Saving Light Bulbs
By switching to energy saving light bulbs you can reduce your energy output and
will last far longer than regular light bulbs.
Watering plants at night
By watering your plants at night you will reduce the amount of water needed to keep
them healthy. This is due to the water not evaporating as quickly as it would during
the day. Using a watering can is far less wasteful than using a hose however; you
can fit a trigger to your hose so that you can control the water flow.