Saving begins at home
No one likes to pay more than they have to for utilities, and we often get advised to switch energy suppliers to get a better deal. While this is sound advice, you should also make sure that you are not wasting energy within your home. See our practical checklist below to see if there’s anything more you could be doing to save your energy…and your money. Estimated savings and tips are provided by the Energy Savings Trust:
- If it’s not in use – turn it off
Potential annual saving: £45
This is easy to do when it’s something obvious – such as a light – but many people leave devices and appliances on ‘standby’ mode overnight. This alone costs £30 a year. And the light? Turning it off could save you £15 a year.
- Only use what you need:
Potential annual saving: £97
This applies to a number of things in the home. Filling your kettle with only the water that you need can save you £7 a year, for example. Don’t heat rooms if you’re not using them or use them infrequently – such as the guest bedroom. Having a room just one degree cooler can save between £85 and £90 a year.
- Cut back - a little:
Potential saving: £23
Do you realise that by spending one single minute less in the shower every morning, you could save £10 a year? Multiple that by the amount of people in your home to see how much of a potential saving you could make! Doing one less wash in your washing machine a week would save you £5 a year on energy and a further £8 on metered water bills.
- Be smart with temperature:
Potential saving: £165
Do you realise that half of the money spent on fuel bills is spent on heating and hot water? It makes sense to use a thermostat, which will automatically regulate the temperature .It’s estimated that a room thermostat, programmer and thermostatic radiator valves could save you between £80 and £165 a year.
- Don’t lose heat:
Potential annual saving: £35
Make sure you prevent expensive heat being lost around your windows and doors, or gaps in the floor and skirting boards. You can use draught excluders, or pick up kits from your DIY store. You can fill gaps that can’t be seen (such as an unused chimney) with plastic shopping bags, for example but please do take necessary precautions. As a result you can save £25 to £35 a year on energy bills.
These small changes can bring surprisingly big benefits. Our checklist above could save the average person £365, a pound for every single day of the year. While you may not be able to benefit from all of the changes above, there may be ones you can make that haven’t been covered in our article. Take a look at the way you’re using energy in your home, and see what small changes you can make to enjoy big savings.