With the colder months slowly creeping in, it won’t be long before we give in and adjust our thermostats to provide that cosy home feel.
Whilst energy bills can’t be avoided, expensive ones can! Here we look at a few ways to cut down on energy usage ahead of the winter months.
- Turning the thermostat down by 1°c can save you up to £60 a year. Timed thermostats are fantastic as they can be set around your daily routine. This means the house can be gently heated in time for you to arrive home. This ensures we never arrive home to a cold house, minimising the need to blast the heating in an attempt to warm up.
- We find our kitchens provide a lot of heat so next time you use your oven, leave the door slightly open once you have finished cooking. This will result in the heat being used to warm the kitchen and surrounding areas.
- Do you have an unblocked fireplace? If you no longer use your chimney, heat will still escape, so it may be worth getting this blocked off. Typical prices are around £80, and are a one off payment, but you can save over £150 per year thereafter.
- Instead of using a running tap to wash up, use a bowl and you could save up to £30 a year.
- If your washing machine doesn’t have a half load setting, then make sure you fill it with clothes to save on energy bills. Likewise, avoid drying clothes directly on your radiators as this lowers the room temperature, meaning your boiler will need to work harder. Instead, invest in some radiator dryers.
- It is always worth using a comparison site on an annual basis to see if you can secure a cheaper deal.
These are just a few examples of the small changes you can make to decrease your energy usage, resulting in smaller bills. Be sure to choose which best complements your lifestyle. This ensures there is no disruption to your routine and many are so simple to do.
By making a few small changes now, means you will start to reap the benefits sooner. When there is an opportunity to save money, there is no time like the present.