As the nights start getting darker and colder many of us find our utility bills shoot up. Evening’s spent with the lights on from 4pm, the heating turned up to keep us toasty and stews being cooked for whole afternoons can all contribute to far more hefty bills for your household.
But what can you do to reduce these costs without getting frostbite? Read on for some of Afos Group’s top energy saving tips.
Half of the average UK utility bill is accrued due to heating the home, whilst we all like to keep warm during chilly winter nights there are several things you can do to reduce your heating bill:
If you own your home, investing in high quality insulation is the best way to reduce your heating costs by keeping warm air inside, instead of it escaping.
Reduce your heating even by one degree- this could reduce your bill by 10%.
Time your heating around when you are actually in your home or awake, heating an empty house is simply money wasted.
2. Switch your energy provider
If you’ve been with the same energy provider for some time, there’s a strong chance your tariff is higher than it could be. Look into other options for your bills, and make sure you notify your current provider of your search for a lower rate- you’d be surprised how much they will knock off bills to keep you as a customer.
3, Install a Smart Meter
By 2020, the Government has targeted for every home to have a smart meter installed. Smart meters remove the need for meter readings by sending them automatically, and they show you how much your spending on utilities via a display in real time. Whilst data is limited, and it is up to you how much notice you take of your spending’s those with smart meters installed have been shown to reduce their energy bills by around 2 percent.
4. Convert to LED
They might seem small, but the LED bulb is mighty when it comes to reducing your electricity bill! Whilst LED bulbs are more expensive than normal or even energy-saving bulbs they are truly an investment- saving you on average £240 a year! A sound investment.
5. Update your appliances
Whilst we don’t suggest going out and replacing all your appliances with more energy efficient models at once, when the time does come to replace tired fridge freezers, microwaves and other appliances choosing those that are more energy efficient could save you £200+ per year!
Want to find out more about saving energy and money in your home? Get in touch!