In this day and age every little helps! It’s important to know where your hard earned cash is going and to make sure there is enough left over to enjoy life.
That means ensuring you can perhaps be able to dine out every now and then, spend time socialising with friends at that great new wine bar or go out somewhere special with your partner.
It can also mean maybe saving up for an emergency fund, a memorable vacation or being able to enjoy your favourite pastime, be it shopping, the gym or visiting the hairdresser regularly.
Bearing this in mind, it’s wise to keep an eye out for ways you can save money on everyday expenditure such as energy bills.
Here are 12 simple suggestions to help you save money on energy your bills so you can reap the reward and pass on the saving for your own personal pleasure or to put toward something else you need.
12 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bills
1. Lights Out!
If you aren’t yet using energy saving bulbs then it’s time to change your light fittings. Just 10 light bulbs switched to energy-savers can save you £70 over a year and energy saving light bulbs last longer than other bulbs.
Don’t forget to switch the lights off when you leave a room. Think what you could do with that extra cash!
2. Draughts be Gone!
Do draught checks in your home, so look at your windows and if you think there is air coming in you can stop it by using draught proofing strips.
The same applies to doors, put draught proofing strips around the edges or buy draught excluders for the bottom. If you have a fireplace that you don’t use, block the chimney or buy a special cap which fits over the chimney pot, eliminating draughts.
Blocking up small gaps around the home where air comes in can save money on your energy bills, up to £50 per year on heating bills!
Get your loft insulated if you haven’t already done so. This saves up to £300 per annum and you can find free insulation deals on the web. Insulating your loft reduces the amount of heat lost through the roof; you can insulate cavity walls too.
4. Pipes Too!
On the subject of insulation, insulate your hot water tank and pipes, it’s inexpensive to do and can save a total of £60 per year if you do both.
5. Supplier Switch
Check your energy supplier! Often switching suppliers can save you money on your energy your bills especially if you haven’t switched for over 3 years.
If you have switched suppliers over the past 2 years check you are on the most cost effective tariff for your needs. There are a number of comparison sites such as gocompare.com can help you find great tariffs.
6. Turn Down the Heat
Turn down your thermostat! Just 1° difference reduces your overall heating bill by up to £90 a year in the average home. If you’re just wandering around the house in a t shirt and feel cold, don’t crank up the heat, put on another layer.
7. Turn Down Radiators
Turn down the radiators in rooms that are not in use or why not turn them off completely and shut the door; this can help you save money on your energy bills enormously.
8. Kitchen Check
Look round your kitchen – there are plenty of ways to save money on your energy bills right in your kitchen. The obvious one – don’t leave the tap running; turn it off when you’re not using it.
Fill your kettle up with enough water for the amount you need it for. Think about the number of wash-loads you do a week, cutting back one load per week will save you some pounds each year on your energy bills.
9. Get Out The Shower!
Shorten your shower timer. Reducing your shower by 1 minute saves £10 a year off your energy bills not to mention gives you more time to grab a snack or tidy up!
10. Cook for the Masses!
So if you are making food that can be frozen why not double up or triple up the portions so you save on oven use and save money on your energy bills.
Pop the extra portions in the freezer for a later date and it also means that you will have a few nights where you don’t need to cook as you’ve already got something prepared.
It saves on your own energy too – you can sit back and relax instead of slaving away!
11. Be Dishwasher Savvy
Don’t rinse your plates before stacking the dishwasher. Scrape the food off into the bin, this saves on water usage and you will still get sparkly clean dishes!
12. Snuggle Up!
Why not get cosy with your partner? Cuddle up under the duvet and enjoy some together time – you can keep warm without turning up the heating, sometimes being a little chilly can be very romantic!
How have you reduced the cost of energy your home? Is your energy bill too high? Which of these tips will you take on board to help you save money on your energy bill?