It might be summer, and the idea of reducing our heating and utility bills should be a million miles away from our BBQ, beach and picnic plans – but for those of us who live on a budget or are hoping to save money for the winter period ahead, it’s an important topic we all need to think about.
From heating to your home to stopping that heat getting out again, here you’ll find some helpful tips and ideas of how you can make your home energy efficient and hopefully save a few pennies along the way!
Your energy provider
You might already know this, but it’s within your consumer rights to switch your energy provider at any time. Many households aren’t even aware of the tariff they’re on and could be wasted hundreds – possibly thousands each year when they could be saving instead. If your heating is oil fuelled, then don’t think that this doesn’t apply to you! Check out Supersaveroil.ie for more information about how you can save money on your oil heating.
Make sure you’re getting the best deal from your supplier – give them a call and see what they have to offer current customers. They should get in touch with you at least once a year to discuss this, but why wait? Also see if there’s a better way to pay your bills. Most consumers save around £100 a year simply by paying by direct debit!
Lower that thermostat
Yes! It might sound like you’re contradicting yourself by lowering the temperature of the house, but just by lowering the core temperature of your house by three to five degrees will actually save you money in the long run. We bet you won’t even notice!
If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new kitchen or home entertainment appliance, make sure you double check it’s energy efficiency rating first. This is a simple way to cut your energy bill and save you money in the long term.
Get into the habit of turning your appliances off at the wall and avoid using their standby function. Things like your TV, digital or SKY box, even the kids plug in nightlights (when they’re asleep) can all be switched off at the mains to avoid wasting energy. Just be wary of unplugging your TV boxes if you’re using the record function!
Ever heard of LED lighting? Or Compact Fluorescent Lamps? These are the types of lighting you need to be using in your home, if you want to save energy and keep your bills down. They use less energy and also need replacing less often, saving the average household around £35 a year.
Get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave the room, even if it’s just for a short time. If you like to leave the hallway light on when you go to bed then consider installing a timer, so it’ll turn itself off after a period of time. This is one of the easiest ways to lower your energy bills.