How to Save Money on Energy Bills
The 54% rise in energy bills will impact most households across the UK when it comes into effect on April 1st, 2022. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced measures to lessen the blow, but even after his £350 package is factored in, many people will still find it difficult to meet the rising costs. At Simply Plumbing we’re often asked if we have any tips for how to save money on energy bills. Here’s our top 5, and they won’t cost you a penny to implement.
1. Switch Off Your Appliances and Unplug Them
Leaving your TV, games console, or set top box on standby when you’re not using it is costing you money. The same applies to laptop or mobile phone chargers; even if they’re not charging, the appliance will be using energy and adding to your bill.
Remove plugs when you’re not using the appliance and you could save up to £90 each year.
2. Turn Off Lights When You’re Not Using Them
Lights use very little energy, especially if they’re low energy bulbs, but over the course of a year it all adds up. The Energy Saving Trust suggests that turning lights off when you leave a room, and using lamps instead of lighting the whole room, can save on your bills.
Turning off lights that you don’t need could save you around £14 per year.
3. Wash Clothes at a Lower Temperature
What’s the temperature you normally wash your clothes on? Most people use the standard 40°. If you lower your setting to 30° you’re saving around 40% energy on each wash. Additionally, you could see if there’s an opportunity to cut out 1 wash a week.
Reducing your wash temperature and cutting out 1 wash per week could save you up to £25 over the year.
4. Get Rid of Draughts
Find out where the draughts are in your home and seal up gaps or cracks. Major draught sources are letterboxes, cracks in floors, skirting boards or gaps under doors. You don’t have to buy kits to stop the cold air getting in, just stop them up with things you have to hand.
A good, thorough job of stopping cold air getting into your home can result in up to £40 savings on you heating bill.
5. Manage Your Central Heating
Most UK households have their thermostat set at 21°. Turn it down to 20° and you’ll save substantially on your heating bills. If you have a smart thermostat, you can manage the temperature in each room. If not, simply use the thermostat on each radiator.
Adjusting your thermostat can save you up to £80 on your annual bill.
How Much Money You Can Save On Bills
By following each of the energy saving tips we’ve suggested, you could save up to £249 on your bills each year, and it won’t cost you a penny to do. Whilst no single action offers a quick fix, using all of them consistently, could give you lower bills throughout the year and, not only that, they’re ongoing savings.
About Simply Plumbing
For over ten years now, Simply Plumbing has been providing a full range of local plumbing services in Luton and the South Bedfordshire region. We’re an independent plumbing business with high standards, and a professional team. Whether you’re looking for bathroom fittings, pipe blockages, leak repairs or help with fitting a new appliance, just call us and we’ll respond straight away.
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