This week is Big Energy Saving Week so I thought now was a good time to share some ideas on how you can reduce your energy bills.
In case you weren’t already aware, Big Energy Saving Week is a campaign set up by the Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the aim of helping people save money on their energy bills.
It’s a great initiative and anything that raises awareness of something that can save us money is a good thing, right?
Let’s get started so you can take action to reduce your energy bills straight away!
1. Change Energy Suppliers
Apparently, more than a third of people in the country haven’t switched energy supplier or tariff in the last six years (according to OFGEM) which means that means that they may have missed out on £1,500 as a result! That’s a massive 27 times the UK’s average weekly food shop of £58.60 – in other words, more than six months’ worth of food shopping!
It’s not even those people who haven’t switched energy suppliers or tariffs in the last six years who are missing out though. If you haven’t checked to make sure you’re on the best deal for you in the last twelve months then you really should take a few minutes to have a quick check because you could save up to £300 a year simply by switching providers. You can use this amazing free and impartial energy price comparison tool run by Citizens Advice to see just how much you can save.
It only takes a couple of minutes and if you do decide to switch, the entire process is handled by your new provider so it’s a really, really easy way to save some money
This is the change that will have the most impact if you want to reduce your energy bills!
Potential annual saving – £300
2. Turn appliances off at the plug
Almost all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming and doing this will save you up to £30 a year which isn’t a huge amount but when you add it together with everything else you could be doing, you’ll realise how quick the smaller amounts add up.
Potential annual saving – £30
3) Treat yourself to a water efficient shower head
If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower) then you might benefit from fitting a more water efficient shower head. A water-efficient one will reduce your hot water usage but still give you that power shower feeling and could save a family of four as much as £75 a year on water heating, as well as a further £120 on water bills if they have a water meter.
Potential annual saving – £195
4) Spend less time in the shower
Spending just one minute less in the shower every day will save up to £7 off your energy bills each year, per person end even more than that, it could also save another £12 off annual water and sewerage bills. This means that if everyone in a family of four did this it would lead to a total saving of around £80. Miss Frugal spends forever in the shower so this one is something we’re working on right now!
Potential annual saving – £80
5) Switch to LED lighting
You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs. If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills. You don’t have to do it all at once though – just add one to your shopping each week until you’ve replaced them all.
Potential annual saving – £35
6) Turn your lights off
Always turn your lights off when you’re not using them – even if you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you’ll save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. This will save you around £14 a year which again, isn’t a huge amount but it’s better in your pocket.
Potential annual saving – £14
7) Get clever with your heating
Did you know that more than half of the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water?
Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you around £75 a year. Even if you don’t want to splash out for a full set of controls, just turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £80 a year so there’s still a saving to be had.
Potential annual saving – £155
8) Get rid of the draughts
Unless your home is very new, (ours is 8 years old and we have a draughty front door) you’ll lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. Getting rid of these draughts can save around £25 a year so if you do have a draughty corner find out where the draught is coming from and fix it!
Potential annual saving – £25
9) Get Smart
Smart heating controls are the latest innovation to help you control your heating and understand your energy use. They allow you to control your heating remotely via a mobile app, meaning that you can manage the temperature of your home from wherever you are, at whatever time of day. How cool is it that you can come home to a warm home without having the heating on all day – just use your phone to turn it off when you set off from work.
10) Be clever in your kitchen
You can save around £37 a year from your energy bill just by using your kitchen appliances more cleverly:
• Using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap could save you around £25 a year.
• Only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need will save you around £7 a year.
• Cutting back on your washing machine use by using just one cycle per week less will save around £5 a year on energy.
Potential annual saving – £37
So, potentially you could save up to £806 a year which is a massive reduction on your bill.
Up until last week, I would have thought that was practically impossible and that no-one would be paying so much for the energy bills but there was an interesting couple of conversations in our Facebook group where people were switching providers and were generally saving huge amounts.
Honestly, use the Energy Comparison tool I mentioned earlier, see how much you can save and switch. Then make sure you’re doing as many of the above things as possible and your next energy bill will be the proof of how much you’ve saved!
And while I’ve got your attention, there’s a couple of competitions going on during Big Energy Saving Week that you might be interested in:
- First up, there’s a retro-styled energy efficient fridge freezer from luxury appliance brand Gorenje worth £899 over on the Energy Saving Trust Facebook page – @EnergySavingTrust
- AND you can win £1,500 in cash by entering the Big Energy Saving Week quiz!
I hope this helps you to make some changes that will reduce your energy bills each month!
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