Tips To Keep Your Energy Bills Under Control
Let me start by saying that in the process of writing this article I have become more energy aware. We can all benefit from learning a few energy saving tips. A few small changes to our home and our lifestyle could boost our green consciousness and put a little extra green in our pockets.
Simple measures like drawing curtains or lowering shades at dusk to stop heat escaping around windows and sealing out drafts can make a big difference. By implementing these simple measures you can save as much as 10% per year.
1.Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
2.Your cylinder thermostat should not need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F.
3.Use a plug in the sink.
4.Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
5.Do not leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
6.If you are not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy program.
7.Only boil as much water as you need.
8.A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
9.Use energy saving light bulbs. Just one can save you quite a lot over the lifetime of the bulb – they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
10.Always close the fridge door, don’t put hot food straight into the fridge and defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply.
Also, installing double glazed windows, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation can be of great benefit.
The UK Government funds schemes to households on certain benefits to improve their heating and energy efficiency. In England the scheme is known as Warm Front, in Northern Ireland it is Warm Homes, in Scotland it is Warm Deal and the Central Heating Program and in Wales it is the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. The eligibility criteria differ between countries.
Many local authorities provide grants and offers for local residents to install certain energy efficiency measures in their home, as well. Check with your local authority.
If you are considering switching fuel suppliers, it won’t cost you anything to switch, but it would be a very good idea to do some research first to be sure that the benefits to you would be worth the bother. As far as fixing your tariff ask questions, find out what is available and weigh the differences before making a decision.