You might think you’re doing the best you can to be energy efficient around the home, but there are always ways to further reduce your gas and electricity bills. There are simple fixes, like putting a jumper on instead of turning up the heating, or turning off all stand-by appliances when they’re not in use. However, there are also some bigger changes you could make to help in the long run.
1. Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are great because they allow you to only heat rooms that you are using, rather than heating empty rooms around the house. They can be controlled remotely by your phone, so if you plan a spontaneous night out after work, you can readjust the timer so that it comes on later and doesn’t heat your house when no-one’s home.
2. Install Insulation
Adequate installation can prevent heat from escaping. In homes that lose heat, people are often inclined to turn up the heating, but this only increases the bills. Although installing insulation might be pricey and require an expert, it’ll be worth it in the long run because you’ll save around £200 a year on bills.
3. Don’t Waste Water
When you run the hot tap, you are charged first for the water and second for heating it. With that said, it might be worth cutting down how long you spend in the shower, or washing the dishes in a bowl rather than under the hot tap.
4. Have Double Glazed Windows
Double glazing is similar to insulation in that it stops heat escaping. Not only that, it also reduces noise pollution. If your windows aren’t double glazed, you might be unnecessarily spending over £150 extra on your bills.
5. Invest in LED Lamps
LED lighting uses roughly half the amount of electricity as other types of bulbs, making them far cheaper to operate. They also tend to have longer life-spans, meaning you won’t have to replace the bulbs as often as you usually do.