This week is Big Energy Saving Week so we’ve come up with some top tips to help save you some money on your energy bills. The average family spends over £1,000 a year on energy, making it one of the biggest household costs. Below are some handy tips to help you reduce those costs and make the most out of the energy you do use in your home.
Turn off lights as you leave a room
Turning off unused lights as you leave a room can save you up to £30 a year according to online sources. So, by simply flicking that switch you have an extra £30 to spend on something a bit more interesting than energy!
Get an energy efficiency appointment
We’re working closely with 361 Energy who offer free Home Energy Efficiency Appointments in North Devon. They’ll come along and help you see where you can save money on your bills. From helping you switch energy providers to helping you get smart meters and other tools installed they’ll offer lots of handy tips to get your home working better for you! Visit www.361energy.org/portfolio-items/save for more information.
Switch to energy saving lightbulbs
When your next light bulb runs out consider buying energy saving replacements. Although they can be a little more expensive to buy they will save you a lot of your electricity bill.
Don’t leave appliances on standby
Although leaving an appliance on standby can be handy when we next need to use it, it actually still uses a little bit of power while sat doing nothing. The best and most efficient thing is to switch all appliances off at the plug when not in use. This is also much safer from a fire safety perspective as well and so it’s a great habit to get into.
Upgrade to eco-friendly appliances
Although this might not be an option for all, upgrading your appliances to A+ rated or higher means you can save money on the energy they use. If it’s an option our Credit Union partners, Westcountry Savings and Loans offer low interest white good loans for those that need to get new white goods.
One of the first things you should do is look to compare suppliers each time your fixed contract comes to an end. Many people don’t know that providers may switch you to a standard rate after a certain period and so your rate may be a lot higher than it needs to be. There are many websites online that will help you find the cheapest supplier and will even do the switch for you for free without the need to do any work.
Turn down your thermostat
Just switching your heating down a degree will save you a lot over the course of the year. You shouldn’t notice a degree or two lower than you’re used to.
Cover up drafts
By covering up drafts under doorways, from windows or just from cold exterior walls with fabrics you can keep the heat insulated in your home much easier. Having thick curtains, soft furnishings such as sofas and rugs will make your home feel much warmer and will cut the need for heating.
Turn off taps
Making yourself more water-aware will save you money on your energy. Each time you run a hot water tap in your home you not only waste water, but you also waste money heating that water in the first place. Only use what you need and you’ll save on both water and energy bills.
Wash at 30 degrees
Most washing machines now are able to wash your daily loads at lower temperatures without losing any cleaning power. As long as you have a washing powder that works at 30 (they will be clearly labelled) you will find washing at 30 will cost much less as the water won’t need heating as much.
There are many things you can do to help you save money on your energy. If you’d like to do more then please speak to 361 Energy who will be more than happy to help advice you on ways you can save on your energy bills.