Saving water is important in terms of helping the environment, but in comparison it’s gas and electricity where you can save the real money.
With the average dual-fuel bill now £1,264 per year* and with constant worries about rising costs, future-proofing your home against fluctuations in wholesale energy prices is a must.
10 energy saving tips for your home
Here’s a list of great ways to save energy on your standard, dual fuel bills:
1. Wear more, save more
If it’s winter don’t have your heating on full, wear more clothes.
2. Turn your thermostat down
Every degree above 20 degrees can put up to another 10% on your energy bill.
3. Use energy efficient light bulbs
Over the course of their lifetime you can save £50 per bulb. Turn them off when you leave the room.
Look out for energy-efficient lighting
4. Wash clothes in colder water
It makes very little difference to how your clothes come out of the wash, especially with modern detergent.
5. Turn all electrical appliances off when not in use
Don’t leave on standby. This also applies to unplugging phone/tablet chargers.
6. Look at green electricity options
There are some great government subsidies on solar panels, for example, that could help reduce your carbon footprint, as well as your bills.
7. Fill your kettle up to the level you need
Don't fill to the top. Overfilling uses a lot more electricity than you might think.
8. Look at technological solutions such as energy monitors
These tell you in monetary value how much you’re spending on energy and are often available from your energy supplier for free. It could save you up to £100 a year.
Find out more about smart bathrooms and how they can help save you money
9. Think about energy when cooking
This could be by cooking in greater quantity, using the right pan and hob, not pre-heating the oven and keeping the door shut during cooking.
10. Go for efficient appliances
Changing your boiler to a grade A boiler could save you £300 a year. Also, take a closer look at the energy consumption of any replacement kitchen appliances you may buy, such as fridges and ovens. This could save you lots of money in the long run.
Some of these changes may seem expensive in the short term but will save you lots of money in the longer term. If you don’t have the cash to splash, often just changing your habits can make all the difference, saving you more money than you'd think.
Whilst you're in the mood, why not find out how to keep your home warm, with our handy tips.
*Source: Energy bills: Where does my money go? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24238708 Published 27th March 2014