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Posted on 16 May 2022

How To Save Money On Your Energy Bills

With the cost of living at its highest in a decade, and over 22 million people affected by the recent increase in household energy bills, it’s more important than ever to save money where you can.

We know it’s not always easy to make change – especially when they cost money – so we’ve put together some ideas to help.

Quick wins

None of these ideas will cost you any money but will help you save both energy and money in the long run.

  • Turn off your lights while they’re not in use and save around £20 a year
  • Filling your kettle with only the water you need to save you £11 a year
  • Reducing your washing machine usage by 1 run a week and using a 30°C cycle could save you around £28 a year and avoiding tumble dryer usage wherever possible can save £60 a year
  • Run your dishwasher only when completely full to reduce the amount of water you use and cut down by one run a week and you’ll save £14
  • Switch your appliances off – don’t leave them in standby mode – and you’ll save approximately £55 a year
  • Turn your thermostat down by one degree and you’ll save £105 a year (be sure your home is warm enough during cold weather though, especially if you have young or vulnerable people living there)
  • Spend one less minute in the shower each day and save £75 a year on your bills (plus an extra £60 if your water is metered)
  • Ditch the bath: based on a family of 4, if you each replaced 1 bath a week with a 5-minute shower, you’ll save up to £20 a year on gas and water bills

Total potential savings = £448

Small initial cost

If you’ve worked your way through the above list and can afford to spend a little money to save more, you can:

  • Replace your lightbulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. These use around 90% less energy than a traditional lightbulb and can last up to 30 years, saving you around £55 a year on average
  • Draught-proof your windows, doors and chimneys. The cheapest way to do this is with draft excluders which start at around £10 and can save you up to £65 a year
  • Swap out your showerhead for a water-efficient one from around £5.99. This can save you up to £55 on your gas bill and £45 on your water bill
  • Fit an aerator onto your kitchen tap: this will reduce the amount of water coming out without affecting how it washes. These cost from around £5.00 and could save you £25 a year

Total potential savings = £245

Bigger initial cost

We know the below suggestions won’t be an option for everyone but if you can, they’re worth keeping in mind when making any major home improvements.

  • Installing heating controls/thermostatic radiator valves: these will ensure you’re only heating the rooms you need to and can even learn your habits and adjust your heating accordingly. You can expect to pay around £600 for full installation in an average semi-detached home, and you’ll save £130 a year – you’ll get your money back in less than five years
  • Replace your boiler: if your boiler is over 10 years old, it may be time to start thinking about swapping to an A-rated replacement. You could save around £200 a year on your energy bills

Total potential savings: £330

Check what benefits you’re entitled to

  • Cold Weather Payment: you may qualify for this if you’re getting certain benefits and would receive a payment for each 7-day period of very cold weather (0°C or below) between 1 November and 31 March
  • Winter Fuel Payment: you may qualify for this if you’re on certain benefits or born before 26 September 1955 and could mean you get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills
  • You can also find impartial advice for reducing your energy bills and along with details of home energy grants you may be eligible for on the government’s Simple Energy Advice website

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*figures from energysavingtrust.org.uk

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23 January 2020

It’s Big Energy Saving Week!

From 20th – 26th January, it’s Big Energy Saving Week; a national campaign dedicated to helping people cut their energy bills and save both money and the environment through simple, everyday actions.

Here are just four ways you can make your home more energy-efficient (information from research conducted by Citizens Advice):

1 – Running water

We know it sounds simple, but using a washing up bowl, rather than leaving your tap to run can help save you money.

The same goes in the bathroom; by spending one minute less in the shower each day, you could save £75 a year in energy and water bills!

Swapping out an inefficient showerhead for a more water-efficient one saves you another £70 per year off your gas bill and around £115 off water bills (based on a family of four).

Did you know? A running tap can waste more than 6 litres of water every minute and a dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 litres of water a year!

2 – Lights Out

Turn off your lights when you’re not using them; this will save you around £14 a year on your annual energy bills.

Replacing your bulbs is a good plan too; by swapping to energy-efficient LEDs where possible, you can save yourself £35 a year on average. LEDs use around 90% less energy than a traditional lightbulb and can last up to 30 years, depending on which one you buy and how you use it.

3 – Step away from the appliance

Cutting down on your washing by one load a week and only filling the kettle with the water you need could save you around £36 a year.

Switching your appliances off standby mode can save you £30 a year and remember not to leave your laptop/mobile devices charging needlessly!

4 – Feeling the heat

There are a few things you can do to save energy when it comes to your boiler and central heating.

If you have a timer set for your heating and hot water, make sure this only comes on when required. You can also install thermostatic radiator valves, a room thermostat and programmer to ensure that you’re only heating the rooms you need to; this will save you around £75 a year.

The thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature (usually between 18°C and 21°C) and by turning it down by 1 degree, you can save yourself around 10% on your energy bill. Be sure to make sure that your home is warm enough during cold weather though; cold homes can harm your health.

For another quick win, you can draught-proof your windows and doors to save £20 a year on your energy bill.

Booking in an annual boiler service can help too; this will help maintain the performance of your heating system and highlight any problems.

To find out more about our boiler with central heating cover and how our other types of cover are here to solve your home emergencies, including plumbing and drains and home appliances cover, contact our friendly team on 0330 09 48 301. You can also request a call back to discuss your requirements or get a free quote online in minutes!

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