Every little helps when it comes to saving money on energy bills. There are lots of ways to bring your energy costs down and help you on your way to a cheaper energy bill – so here are our top tips!
All of these tips will contribute to lowering your bills – even employing just a few of them will add up over time and what’s more, they’re easy!
Consider switching your supplier
It is always worth shopping around to make sure you are getting the best deal for your money – comparison sites are great for finding you a better deal based on your current usage. Get started here: Switch Energy Supplier
Using one of these comparison services you can compare costs with a range of suppliers to get the very best deal. You can also get perks just for using the service, like cashback or vouchers. Some suppliers even pay you to switch!
Make sure you read the small print to be sure that you won’t get hit by any fees for ending a contract early – particularly if you are a tenant and do not switch straight away. Some providers may specify that you must stay with them for a year.
Don’t linger after a fixed tariff
Make sure you look into switching if a fixed tariff is due to expire – chances are that you will be placed on a more expensive tariff after the fixed tariff ends.
Treat your energy supply as you would your car insurance and make sure you know when it is due for “renewal”. A comparison site is great for this.
Set up a direct debit
Most providers reduce your charges if you pay by monthly direct debit – some even reduce the charges further the longer you stay with them – but still remember to shop around as there may still be a better deal.
Direct debit also helps you to spread your payments across the year, giving peace of mind in avoiding hefty gas bills in the winter – as you may have built up some credit earlier in the year.
Paying a set amount each month can also help with budgeting, and is particularly useful if more than one of you pay the bill.
Think about where and when you need heating
If you can, only heat the areas of your home that you use at certain times – for example heating your bedroom in the morning and the living room in the evening.
Wear an extra layer
An obvious one, but reducing the heat marginally can lead to big savings – even if it’s only a degree or two! Put on a jumper or a onesie and turn the thermostat down a couple of notches and you could see big savings.
Load up the washing machine
Your washer and dryer use a lot of energy to run – whether they have a full load or a few items. So, to make them run more efficiently, wait until you have a full load to go on.
Two half loads use more energy than one full one, even if you have a special half load cycle, so save up your dirty garments and use the washer less often.
Make use of “free” energy
A cheeky one, but take full advantage when you can of another energy supply – for example if you are at university or at work, charge your phone or laptop there and see the difference in your home electricity bills!
Buy energy efficient
Think about what you can change at home to be more energy efficient, for example investing in energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. These savings add up, particularly when used over years.
Waste not want not!
Don’t waste energy – remember to turn off lights when you leave a room, don’t forget to turn off the oven or hair straighteners, turn your television off instead of leaving it on standby, take more showers instead of baths and only boil a kettle with as much water as you need for the round of brews that you’re making. There are lots of small changes you can make that add up.