There’s a tendency to underestimate just how much you could save, so in this article we share our top energy-saving tips that could help keep more money in your pocket.
1. Make the switch
It’s possible to forget that your utility contract is due for renewal - which means you could be paying higher, out-of-contract rates. Changing energy providers is becoming easier, so shop around and get quotes. According to Which?, you stand to save up to £300 a year by making the switch.
2. Be SMART
If your property has its own utility meter, then you may be able to upgrade to a “smart” meter. This allows you to see what energy you are using, helping you to monitor your energy use and providing you with the information to budget. Contact your utility company directly to see if you can upgrade.
3. Pay by Direct Debit
If possible, pay your bills by Direct Debit. Utility companies usually offer incentives for payments made by this method.
4. Switch it off
Equipment on standby can still consume energy. If you can, turn off appliances at the plug. Also, make a conscious effort to turn lights off when you’re not using them.
5. Use energy efficient lighting
Energy efficient and LED bulbs are available as replacement for older bulbs. The cost of these bulbs is getting cheaper; they also last longer and use less energy.
6. Fill it up
Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need and run dishwashers and washing machines only when you have a full load. A washing machine can use in excess of 24 gallons of water each time you use it and a dish washer will use approximately 40 litres of water. Reducing use will save water but also energy.
7. Air dry your clothes
Relying on the tumble dryer means using more energy than you may need to. If you’re not pressed for time, air drying your clothes in a room with an extractor fan like your kitchen or bathroom will mean you save – also avoiding accidentally shrinking your clothes!
Financial support is available
If you are on a low income or entitled to benefits, investigate if you can get additional support - for example, pensioners may qualify for pension credit and, more importantly, the winter fuel payment. Speak to our team to find out what you can claim.
There are many other ways to spend less on your energy bill, but these are a start on your journey to ‘Savings Central’.
Remember – never make structural changes to your home without first telling us, as this may break the terms of your lease. Read more about what changes you can and can’t make here.