How to save money on energy bills around your home
This week, it’s Big Energy Saving Week 2018 (22 – 28 January). This is a national campaign from Citizens Advice with other relevant organisations to help people cut their energy bills.
To help you save money, we’ve put together this guide to making your home more energy-efficient. If you follow these easy tips, you could make a saving on your energy bills.
Saving on your energy bills
- Make sure you close your fridge door as soon as you can. If it’s left open too long, it needs to use more energy to keep cool.
- Try to only use the washing machine when you’ve got a full load. Using it just for a few items isn’t energy efficient.
- Only put as much water in the kettle as you need – don’t fill it up every time. This wastes a lot of electricity and drives your energy bills up.
- Don’t leave your TV on standby when you’re not using it. This also goes for any other appliances – like your DVD player or any games consoles.
- Switch the lights off whenever you leave the living room. If you leave them on when you’re out, this wastes electricity.
- Close your curtains when it gets dark. This makes sure that heat isn’t escaping through the cold window.
- If you don’t use your dining room very often, switch off the radiator. This means you’re not wasting energy to heat it when no one’s using it.
- Switch your lightbulbs for energy-efficient Not only do these last longer, they also use less energy – meaning lower energy bills.
- Got a cold draught coming in under your door? Get a draught excluder to stop any heat escaping from your room.
- Stick a warm blanket or winter duvet on your bed. This means you won’t need the radiators as much to keep warm.
- Get some window film to insulate your windows. You can pick this up quite cheaply and it will stop you losing as much heat.
- Keep furniture away from radiators as much as possible. If your radiators are blocked, they won’t heat your bedrooms properly.
- Spend less time in the shower if you can. Not only will this save water, you’ll also use less energy to heat it up.
- Consider getting an energy-efficient shower head. This will reduce the amount of hot water you use but still make sure you get clean.
- Have a shower rather than a bath whenever possible. This uses a lot less water and – as you need to heat this up – a lot less energy.
Spending too much on your gas and electricity bills? Find out how you could save money by changing your energy provider.