If you’re looking for efficient ways of saving some money on energy bills, there’s a wide variety of things you can do. No matter what your reasons for cutting down on bills – the need to save money, the hopes of protecting the environment, or both – there’s so much you can do that will help you use less, spend less and feel better.
One of the main tips you’ll hear that always sounds like it doesn’t make much of a difference is to simply switch off. Usually, this advice gives suggestions like turning off lights and televisions at the wall – things that don’t seem to use much electricity. However, everything contributes to the final bill and the more you switch off, the more you save – so turn off things when you’re not using them!
For retaining heat in cold months when you might normally resort to electric fires and radiators, by insulating your loft you could save as much as one hundred pounds per year, or even more. You can also utilise window coverings like curtains and blinds to shut out cold air and trap the heat inside – heat can escape through glass far more easily than thick curtain fabric, so close your curtains and you’ll stay much warmer in the winter without having to switch on the heating.
More tips for saving energy include ensuring your equipment is well up to working standard. For example, if your boiler is sub par, the chances are that the energy it’s providing are the same. A poorly-oiled machine offers poor outputs, so consider replacing your boiler if you need to. When it comes to your boiler, you can’t be too careful – and even if it is working perfectly, you can further prevent heat from escaping by fitting your boiler with a coat to trap heat inside. Wrapping sheets around it even helps, though you can get some proper insulation foam for maximum effect.
Finally, you can save water and the energy used to heat it by taking showers instead of baths and finding another way to relax instead. Not only are showers more efficient, but they use a fraction of the water – meaning there’s far less water to heat, saving more energy.
And once all those energy saving measures have been completed; you can sit back with a cup of tea in the knowledge that you’ve done your bit. Just don’t overfill the kettle and use what you need – it saves energy!