According to YouGov (2022) only 22% of Brits said they could afford to heat their home in December 2022.
Here are ten simple and efficient ways that can help you cut down on energy costs:
One quick and easy way to cut down on your energy bill is to switch off all appliances when not in use. According to British Gas you can save £110 annually, on average, by simply switching off “vampire electronics”. The worst culprits are TVs, mobile phones, games consoles, computers and laptops. The same goes for kitchen appliances such as the kettle, toaster and microwave. If the electrical is not in use, turn it off at the wall socket to avoid wasting energy.
Saving (on average): £110
Speaking of kettles. A kettle is one of the most frequently used appliances in the kitchen in the majority of British households, but do you overfill your kettle? Do you fill your kettle to the brim when you only need one cup? If you do, it might be time to change that habit and only fill the kettle with as much water as you would use at that given time. According to Energy Savings Trust (2022), this could save you £13 a year on your energy bill.
Saving (on average): £13
There are a number of small changes we can make to our laundry routine which can help us save roughly £162 per year according to Which? (2022).
Saving (on average): £162
On average people spend 8 minutes in the shower at a time. By cutting your shower time in half to just 4 minutes could save you £95 per year. Additionally, if you prefer to take baths instead of a shower, swapping one bath per week to a 4-minute shower can save you an average of £20 annually (Energy Saving Trust, 2022). Wessex Water is even offering free 4-minute timers in its free water saving pack.
As the cost-of-living crisis continues, some leisure centres across the country have come forward offering free hot showers to those who need them. Take some time to investigate if any of your local businesses are offering a similar incentive.
Saving (on average): £115
Turning the temperature on your boiler flow could save you up to £100 per year (Gov, 2022). On your combi boiler look for the ‘flow temperature’ setting and lower this to 60C. By doing this your boiler will work more efficiently and it will save you energy and money.
Saving (on average): £100
Contrary to popular belief, turning off your radiators completely in rooms you aren’t using means that your boiler has to work harder to get the temperature back to a comfortable level whereas reducing your radiators to 2.5 and 3 (18C) in rooms that your not using could save you up to £70 a year (Gov, 2022). However, if these rooms are not being used for longer periods, then it’s worth weighing up how long it takes to heat the room back up.
It’s also worth regularly checking your radiators and bleed them when required to keep your radiators working efficiently.
Saving (on average): £70
Energy Saving Trust (2022) states that you can save roughly £25 per year if you get into the habit of turning off the lights in any rooms you’re not using. You can also replace your lights with cost efficient LED bulbs which can help you save more.
Saving (on average): £25
Purchase draught excluders for your doors and window film for your windows to prevent heat escaping from your home. These simple DIY fixes can save you up to £60 per year (Gov, 2022) and if DIY is not your thing there are professionals who can help you.
Saving (on average): £60
According to Compare the Market (2022), it is more energy efficient to do a full load in your dishwasher than to hand wash your dishes as they accumulate. Use the eco-mode for the most energy-efficient cycle to save roughly 20% energy per use.
Saving (on average): By using your dishwasher it can save £0.58 per use rather than washing those same dishes by hand (Chronicle Live, 2022).
Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, is a huge advocate of heating the human, not the home. This is particularly useful if you live alone and you only have to consider yourself. If you are a family of four for example, then it may be more cost efficient to turn on the heating and gather in one room.
Some simple tips to heat keep yourself warm is wearing multiple layers of warm clothing, wearing slippers, blankets, have at least one hot meal a day, invest in a hot water bottle or electric blanket. Hoodie blankets have also soared in popularity and there are a number of affordable types on the market.
Saving (on average): Variable
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Date: February 23, 2023
Category: Home and Property