Are you looking for ways to lower your electricity bill? Maybe you are paying far too much for gas?
When it comes to household bills, there are many ways to save energy at home easily. Here are a few things that have transformed our house in terms of taking our bills down by roughly 30%.
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Energy saving - save electricity
There are a few ways we can conserve energy through looking specifically at how we use electricity in the home.
Use LED or energy efficient lightbulbs
ThisisMoney claims that for every light bulb you replace, to an energy efficient one, you save £3 a bulb over the year.
This mounts up to a saving over around £100 of energy just on one simple change.
Another cool fact is that the bulbs last 10-20 times longer, so over time, you will save a fortune!
For example 20 years @ £100 = £2000
Conserve energy by using energy efficient appliances
No I'm not suggesting rush out and buy all new appliances.
When it's time to replace an appliance, look at the energy rating will save you a considerable amount on energy.
Energysage's article has examples of what you can save on different appliances.
For example, ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers consume at least 25% less energy and 45% less water than conventional ones, whereas ENERGY STAR refrigerators use only 9% less energy. So is it does to doing research prior to buying, to consider this carefully:
At what rating would it save you the most money on energy against the costs of buying it?
This Bosch Washing Machine uses 35% less energy so pays for itself very quickly over time. It has a triple A rating.
Energy Efficient Kettles
It is so versatile, as you can make only one cup at at time, but yet it has a superb tank, holding 1.5l. (5 - 7 cups worth)
If you are making a few cups at once, it has a super quick boil time for each cup of 50 seconds. Ideal for busy families.
It also has a tonne of 5 star reviews. If you can get it for under £35, grab it!
Install a smartphone controlled energy System
My husband has installed Smart Things.
This allows us:
- to set the lighting as we want.
- to set the heat in the house how we want it in different rooms.
– in the dining room at night, as we walk through the kitchen, the light is triggered by a sensor and lasts for 5 minutes.
All the fittings we have bought use Z wave technology.
We sat together and talked about where in the house, we use the most energy, heat and what doesn’t need to be on etc.
First we fitted controllable valves to our radiators, so now we can heat our house zonally. They are so easy to fit to standard radiators. Usually they are around £50 each, so if you see them for cheaper, they are an absolute bargain.
Heating Zonally for Higher Energy Efficiency
Now we have a scenario, where only the lounge and downstairs is heated in the evening, but then at 10 o'clock the bedroom radiator is triggered to 20 Celsius, so that I am warm when I go to bed.
We have seen savings so far of £30 a month on electricity and gas total
Switch electricity providers?
This guide from Dan over at the Financial wilderness debates whether it is a good idea to auto switch your energy bills in 2021.
We have an energy efficient Vaillant boiler, which is superb and exceptionally well made, but the wireless thermostat they supplied with might as well be kicked down the road.
It was always losing connection and therefore losing us money via wasted heat. Please don't ever try Vaillant's wireless thermostats!
We have been on holiday in America and it was cool to be able to switch on the bedroom lamp! Seriously though, you really should think of investing in a system like this.
Save electricity tips
Don't overfill the kettleFilling the kettle unnecessarily causes you to use too much energy usage for the water you need. The BBC claims that it can save you up to £68 a year total.
Switch appliances off at the plugThe electricity saving on this is not to sniffed at - it will bring £30 a year extra to the pot, according to Moneysupermarket.com.
Fill your freezer upFilling your freezer up will be a big energy saving. It will keep the cold within the food, therefore the freezer needs less energy to keep it a constant temperature. This will give the machinery inside the freezer a break. This also works the same with your fridge.
Avoid using the dryer to conserve energyDriers suck up energy - try and hang your clothes outside. Not only will you be more energy efficient, you will be using the world's natural resources for free.
Fill the Washing Machine as Full as PossibleI manage to have two full washing loads every week. This maximises the space inside the machine. It doesn't save a fortune, but on an A rated machine, will save you £4 a year on your electric bill. This works well with a dishwasher also.
Wash at Lower TemperaturesDid you know that washing at 30 degrees can be a third cheaper than at 40 degrees? Moneysupermarket believes it could lower your electricty bill by around £52 a year.
Other methods of energy conservation to save money
Insulate the loftUse loft insulation to line your loft and stop the heat from escaping out of the roof. Look out for deals from the local DIY store. Sometimes they offer this for free, depending on the government's policy for energy.
Upgrade to double glazed windowsOne house we fitted these in, the electricity and gas bills compared to previous were halved - it's ridiculous I know, but true.
Change that old wooden door to a composite doorWow, what a difference this made - we don't have places in the house where there is a big temperature difference. Composite doors are priced between about £600 and £1000, but are well worth their weight in gold.
Buy Smaller Appliances
If you invest in a large American fridge, don't be surprised if it uses lots of energy. If you keep you appliances compact, they will use less energy overall.
Invest in Cavity Wall Insulation
If this is possible for your house, this is a big win - particularly if your house is the end one on the row, and has one wall against the cold winter air. Look out for free energy grants from local companies - we had ours at the time, done for free.
Shut Doors in Rooms You are Not Using
This keeps unnecessary cold air in rooms where you have turned the heat down.
Shut Windows in Winter
Only air the house once a week - sounds a bit obvious, but if you have the windows open, you are letting your hard-earned cash float out of the windows, in the form of heated air.
Turn down Your Thermostat by One Degree
For every degree you turn down your thermostat, you could potentially save £50 a year. So crack out the woolly jumpers and put more layers on instead of reaching for the thermostat too quickly. (the greenage)
In the Winter, Open Your Curtains During the Day
If you let the sunlight in, chances are it will contribute to heating your house during the day for free.So in the evening the base temperature will be higher throughout the evening and therefore not needing as much heat to heat it as hot.
Avoid Drying Clothes on the Radiator
Not only will it save you money, it will make the boiler work harder to heat the room.There are also other reasons not to that bestheating.com goes into in more detail in this article.
So as you can see, what seem like neglible savings all add up together to give you a figure saved in the hundreds every year! Pretty amazing what things we can get started doing straight away. Has this article fired you up to get started, looking at ways you can save in the home? Maybe you want to read my post on saving money on cars and motoring, or clothes, or even ways to save on credit card debt. If Christmas is on your mind, see my tips on keeping calm and controlling what you want from Christmas, and also ideas for surviving Christmas when you have no money.
You could soon be saving literally thousands!