Although everyone wants to stay warm in the cold snaps, nobody wants a nasty shock when the bills come through.
Saving energy doesn’t mean you have to put your lifestyle on hold altogether, just by making some small changes you can make a big difference to the amount of gas and electricity you use. Here are our top tips for lowering your bills:
1. What are you wearing?
It may sound obvious but, when it gets colder, donning a jumper and socks to warm yourself up before you hit the thermostat is the surest way to keep you cosy. Turning up your thermostat increases your energy usage - and therefore costs more - but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll warm up any quicker - in fact, that has more to do with how well your house is insulated. Turning your thermostat down by just one degree, can save you approximately £65 a year.
2. Switch off those lights!
At one time or another we’ve all been reminded by someone at home or in the office to switch off unwanted lights. It may seem a little annoying but just remember that there is a significant saving to be had - you can reduce your electricity bill by up to £200 a year just by only using the lights in rooms that you’re occupying, so that’s quite an incentive to switch off as you leave!
3. Home Improvements
Making your home a little more energy efficient doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Even if you’re renting, you can still make some quick and low cost changes that will make a real difference to your energy expenditure, without making any structural changes to the property. Take a look at our checklist below:
4. Turn it off… really off!
Leaving appliances on standby or in sleep mode still uses up energy, energy you probably don’t need, but you will still pay for. Switching TVs, computers and other electrical appliances off at the main switch ensures you’re not using excess energy. If all UK households were to switch off properly instead of using standby functions, there would be an estimated £66m saving in household bills.
It’s not just TVs and big items that will cost you - phone chargers will continue to power until you switch off at the plug, and the kettle is one of the biggest energy users in a kitchen, mostly because it’s very easy to boil more water than is needed. The opposite rule applies to dishwashers, which should always be full before they’re switched on, as the load inside doesn’t make any difference to the energy consumed. It’s also possible to save energy when you use your washing machine, and it doesn’t need to be the world’s most eco-friendly model either, just turning down your wash setting from 40 to 30 degrees will help to lower your bills. However, if you do have any appliances over 15 years old, you should consider replacing them as a longer term investment, as newer models are much more energy efficient.
We hope you’ve found these tips useful - we know how important it is to feel comfortable in your home, and keeping warm in the winter shouldn’t cost the earth. If you’re considering moving house during the colder months, take a look at our lettings and sales pages - all our homes come with full energy performance breakdown, so you can make a well informed choice before you move in. If you’d like to discuss your next property with us, please get in touch today.