Top Tips on How to Lower Your Energy Bills
Looking to keep your energy expenses down?
In this guide, we’ll take a look at some useful pieces of advice to achieve this.
Anyone wondering ‘how can I reduce my energy bills’ or ‘how can I keep my carbon footprint down?’ will benefit from the following guide.
How to Lower Energy Bills
So, without further ado, here’s how you can keep your energy costs down…
Get A Smart Thermostat
One fantastic way to lower energy costs is with the installation of a smart thermostat. Among the benefits of this technology is that they can be used to warm just certain rooms at a given time.
Beyond that, these intelligent thermostats learn the timeframe it takes to heat up the home, meaning that the temperature can be just right at the right time.
It’s also possible to control smart thermostats using a phone in most cases, so if you’re out and about on a winter evening, you can get your home cosy and warm for your arrival.
By installing thermostatic radiator valves, programmes, and thermostats, you could reduce your expenses by about £75 a year. While it may not seem like a big deal, every penny adds up, especially over the years and if you’re eager to save as best as you can.
Of course, one great way to cut down on your electricity bills is with roof insulation. This can cost several thousand pounds, but its benefits go beyond simply saving on money and are a great way to keep your home warmer.
In most cases, it is preferable to hire a professional for this work unless you know exactly what is involved and understand the necessary safety precautions. With roof insulation, you can keep your energy bills down by roughly £135 per year, assuming you live in an average semi-detached property.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
One fairly simple way of reducing your electricity consumption is by having your light bulbs replaced.
Did you know that an LED light bulb costs just £1.71 a year to run on average? This is a little cheaper than CFL light bulbs with an individual running cost of around £2 per year, while halogen light bulbs cost about £8.50 to run per annum.
As for an LED light bulb, one bulb may cost just £3 per unit too. Throughout the lifespan of an LED light bulb, you could expect to save roughly £180 on your energy expenses based on a 25-year timeframe! But, it’s just one extra way to cut down on your energy bills.
Purchasing an Electric Heater
If there’s just one room in your home that you’d like to prioritize for heating (perhaps you spend your evenings in the living room and would like to heat just that room). Alternatively, if you live alone or work remotely, you may wish to purchase one of these.
Make Sure Nothing Unnecessary Is Turned On
Something that could easily go overlooked when keeping your energy bills down is ensuring that appliances are turned off (in terms of the plug) if on standby.
Having sockets that can be turned on/off with a smartphone is one way to make sure that appliances are not using up electricity while on standby. This could save you around £30 each year.
Fit a New Boiler
As for boilers, not only can they become less effective with time (even if they pass the standard necessary for approval during servicing, but older boilers will, of course, be less efficient on average than many modern boilers.
It is worth considering upgrading an older boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler. Beyond that, it would be preferable to have one with a room thermostat, thermostatic radiator controls, and a programmer.
By implementing some of the tips laid out in this blog on how to reduce your energy bills, you could save up to £450 per year, depending on the type of property you have. However, on average, you should expect to save closer to £100 to £300.