With winter just around the corner, it's the perfect time to give you our top 10 tips to help you reduce your energy bills and make your home a lot more friendly to the environment.
The great news is that most of these tips won’t cost you a penny and even those that need a bit of investment will repay themselves in no time.
- Go energy efficient
This doesn’t have to be as drastic as buying all the new energy efficient gadgets you can find. It can be as simple as turning off lights and appliances you’re not using. You can also use appliances less by performing household tasks manually. For example, line-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the tumble dryer.
However, if you are on the lookout for new appliances make sure you are purchasing the most efficient ones possible. Do you research before you purchase new appliances see what is available. Try to buy A+ appliances, or the best you can - it could be a good idea to wait for a sale to make sure you can buy the most efficient appliances for your budget.
- Replace your light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs use a lot of electricity and they need replacing regularly. Energy efficient alternatives not only use less electricity but also last longer, which means you will have to replace them less. Switch to new, energy efficient light bulbs, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs last approximately 40 times longer than a traditional bulb and 20-25 times longer than a halogen bulb. Used 12 hours a day, a LED bulb could last for 11 years.
Also regularly dust your light bulbs. Dust reduces intensity which might encourage you to buy more intense light bulbs than you actually need.
- Insulate your home
It is estimated that around a quarter of heat loss is through the roof, so insulation would make your home warmer and reduce your heating bills.
You might need to spend some money here, but it will help you save money in the process. Insulating your loft could help you save up to £275 a year. Insulating cavity walls can save up to £145 a year. If you already have an insulation installed, check to see what depth it is or if it needs replacing. You could save money if you upgrade from the regular 120mm insulation to the recommended 270mm.
If you can’t insulate your walls for whatever reason, place bookshelves against them or build shelves and pack them with books. Wardrobes work too.
You can also reduce heat loss through your windows. If you have single glazing, consider replacing it with double or triple glazing. You will have to spend some money, but it will help to keep your house warmer and your bills lower. Installing double glazed windows could help you save £100 a year or more depending on the type of house you own. You can learn more by visiting the Energy Saving Trust.
Insulating your ground floor floorboards could help you save around £45-55 a year. You can do this yourself by sealing the gaps between the boards.
- Fill your dishwasher and washing machine
Only turn on your dishwasher or washing machine once you’ve filled it completely. You may have heard otherwise, but it’s a myth that it is cheaper to run your washing machine or dishwasher when it’s only half full. Also, if there is an ECO mode on your equipment, use it!
- Use a timer
Schedule your heating to turn on 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and switch off again when you leave the house. Do the same in the evening when you’re due to come home. This will ensure that you’re heating your house when you are in and not just wasting all that energy.
Don’t forget Summer Daylight saving ends on the 27th of October and you might need to change the time on your boiler to ensure your heating and hot water turns on at the right time.
- Draught proof your home
Preventing heat escaping from your home is essential in minimising your energy bills. Keep an eye out for any unwanted gaps around the house and fill them where possible. If you have a chimney use chimney balloons or chimney sheep - these stop cold air coming in through the chimney. Just remember to remove them if you’re planning on lighting your fire.
Make sure you draught proof your door (including letter box) to prevent cold air getting into your house during the winter.
- Dress weather appropriately
Layers, layers, layers…Put an extra jumper on! Reducing the thermostat by one degree could save you £80-90 pounds a year. Look through your wardrobe; we bet you have one or two cosy jumpers you can put on.
- Keep out of the bath
We’re not suggesting you start dodging the bathroom, but taking a bath uses a huge amount of hot water compared to the shower. Taking a shower will reduce the amount of energy you use and the amount of water you use too.
Remember though, showers still use a lot of energy, so maybe you could also consider spending one minute less in the bathroom to save a few more pennies.
- Close the windows
It sounds silly to mention, but make sure your windows are closed before turning the heating up. Also, if you feel too warm, just reduce the thermostat.
- Switch energy supplier
Take the time to check how much you’re paying for your energy to see if you could be paying less. If you can switch and save on your bills, then do it! Switching energy suppliers is easy and there are plenty of deals you could be taking advantage of. If you’re not yet a Gulf Gas & Power customer, click here to find out if you could save on your energy.
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