Simple Tricks and Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bills
With all the household appliances we use in this day and age, it's no surprise energy bills can soon rack up.
However, don't fret! If you wish to reduce your energy expenditure - whether to save money or try to be more environmentally conscious - read below to find out our best tips.
How Much Water Do You Waste?
It's surprising how quickly and easily our water bills can get pretty hefty, and you'd be surprised how many ways water is wasted on a daily basis.
Read this section to see if there are ways you could change your day to day life to save that little extra bit.
- A simple - and probably well known - action you can take first is to reduce the amount of time you leave taps running. Primarily, a major culprit is leaving the tap on when cleaning your teeth. If you're a culprit of doing this, just know that you can actually be wasting up to 6 litres of water a minute.
- If you have the issue that your water takes a while to heat up, try to boil the kettle when you need some hot water. Okay, not ideal if running a bath, but say you want to wash up. Instead of leaving the water to run until warm, boil a kettle and use this, topping it up with cold water to avoid scolding yourself of course.
- Talking of baths, it's also worth noting that showers are much better for water usage than having a bath. If you're a fan of a good soak, try and limit your baths, making them an occasional, relaxing treat rather than an everyday occurrence.
- If you want to take it one step further, you can also invest in shower heads that are even more economically advantageous. By dispersing or pulsing water differently, these heads can save you up to £70 in water bills a year. A nice sum to save towards a nice holiday.
Only For The Truly Committed
Now we know this option is definitely only for those who really want to to keep their water usage at a minimal. However, if you wish, try showing ultra quickly. Jump in just to get wet before shutting off the water to apply the soap and shampoo. Then turn the shower back on to quickly rinse off and then you're done. We know not to everyone's taste but can really help minimise water usage.
Check The Pipes
While you're thinking about saving water, it's also important to make sure you have no leaks or drips. Fixing a dripping tap can save you up to as much as £20 off a year's bill. That's a Nandos trip for two just there!
Efficiency Is Key
Keeping your appliances working efficiently can be a crucial step in reducing your energy waste. Managing limescale and grime can help tremendously, along with cleaning out filters. Check our handy guide here on how to look after your appliances to keep them working in top notch condition.
What's more, eco cycles are incredible at reducing water and electricity waste. Read up on what your device's eco cycles consist, as usually they are designed with saving you money and energy in mind.
Eco cycles are also a good thing to consider when purchasing a new appliance. Read into how energy efficient devices are before buying and save yourself money in the long run, as well as helping the planet out.
Day To Day Habits
Simple things you can do is to make sure you only run your washing machine or dishwasher with full loads. Further, avoid leaving appliances like fridges and freezers open for too long. The longer it is open, the harder the appliance has to work to get the temperature back down, ergo wasting energy.
With gas prices and the cost of heating a home always a hot topic - excuse the pun - here are our tips on how you could save a few quid over the winter months.
Firstly, it's important to turn off any heaters in rooms you don't use or go in often. Keep doors shut tight where and when you can. Don't let the cold air seep in while the hot air disappears.
Do you need it so warm in your house? Did you know that turning down your overall heating by just 1 degree can help save you over £150 a year! You'll barely feel the difference, and it's worth occasionally putting on an extra jumper when to save that ££ £ for a nice holiday in the sun.
There's also some nifty things you can do to help your heating along.
If your heaters are located against outside walls, it can be a good idea to create some kind of barrier between the wall to reflect the heat back into the room rather than escaping to the outside. Cheap MDF will work well, but an even cheaper option is to use cardboard or even tin foil.
What's more, if your house has a hot water tank, then get to insulating it. This can help stop heat from escaping and reduce the need for energy being wasted.
While you're at it, you can even insulate your bathtub. Stop reaching for that hot water tap half way through your soak by keeping the heat in the water.
What About In The Kitchen?
When it comes to using your hob, these tips can help save energy:
- During the winter months, you can also use your oven for some extra heat. Once finished cooking, open the door to let the heat into your home while the oven cools down.
- It's also a good idea to make sure you use pans that fit the size of the hob. If too small, heat can be wasted by escaping around the pan.
Doing The Dishes
A chore most people hate, but you'll be pleased to know that it's been proven more energy efficient to let your dishwasher do a load on than washing up by hand.
Keeping It Cool
Both these appliances continuously run and so are always using electricity, so do your best to use them wisely and reduce their need for working.
- Primarily, it's best to position your fridges and freezers away from your cooker. The heat can make your appliance have to work a lot harder to keep itself cold.
- It's also helpful to keep your freezer full so that you avoid cooling empty spaces. If your food stock is low, scrunch up newspaper to fill the gaps, or freeze bottles of water or ice cubes to make use of the space.
On Laundry Day
Doing laundry can also drain energy supplies an awful lot, pushing up those bills.
Of course, after you load finishes, it's more than easy to just shove the clothes in the dryer and let it do its thing. However - although a great appliance - dryers use a lot of energy.
If weather conditions are good, hang your laundry up outside. You'd be surprised how quickly things will dry on a nice summer's day.
If you can also invest in a good airing rack, items like sports clothing, underwear, and thin clothing can dry as quickly as overnight.
However, try to avoid drying wet clothes on radiators. Not only does this make your heating system have to work a lot harder, it can also risk causing damp.
Other Top Tips
In general, around the house, there are lots of opportunities to save money and help the environment. Here are our favourites:
- Get rid of those drafts. Cover doorways and windows with thick, insulating curtains, and use those sausage cushions at the bottom of your doors to stop cold air creeping in. You can even buy letterbox and keyhole covers now!
- Other pricier yet worthwhile investments to consider include loft and wall cavity insulation. A-rated high efficiency condensing boilers, LED light bulbs, and even energy monitoring systems can all help in the long run for your energy usage.
Save The Electricity
Some other thing to consider with your electricity use:
- Appliances still use electricity while on standby. Turn as many off at the switch when you aren't using to save that energy.
- Overcharging is also a huge drain on electricity. Leaving a device charging even when it's reached 100% not only still uses electricity but also damages the battery. If you're guilty of just shoving your phone on charge overnight, then try to avoid this. A good investment is a plug with a timer. Set the timer to only run for as long as it takes to charge your device. Most phones only take 1.5-2 hours max to go from less than 10% batter to fully charged.