Friday, 8 June 2018

How to Spend Less on Your Energy Bills!*

Having a house is expensive. Whether you are renting or have a mortgage like me, saving a few pennies goes a long long way. That's why when I was contacted by Rix I thought it would be a great idea to share some points with you on how to spend less on your energy bills, which if you're like us is typically the most expensive of the bills. 

Spend less.

They’re two words that will catch anyone’s eye and when it comes to saving money, we’re all for it! It’s astonishing how much we spend each year on running our homes and when you sit and think about it for a while, it can be mind boggling. Cooking our meals, cleaning our clothes and warming our homes are just some of the ways we churn out energy without actually realising our usage. Let’s jump to our energy bills. Think about the amount you spend each month. It’s a lot, right?! Homeowners are constantly wanting a comfortable, cosy home, relying heavily on convenience to get them through the colder months of the year. It’s so easy to turn the heating on and bathe in warmth, or run a deep,scorching hot bath every night before bed. However, this is terrible use of energy; we really need to start looking at what we use and how we can save some of our well-deserved pennies in the long run.

Choose the right energy.

Using electricity is seen to be one of the most expensive ways to heat your home; as much as 3-4 times as pricey than other sources! Why not banish the electric heaters and consider cheaper options? You may not realise it, but home heating oil or a wood burning stove can work out cheaper in the long run. Oil is used in over 1.3 million homes in the UK and can save thousands on your energy bills over time. Similarly, installing a wood burner will pay for itself over time. Do your research and check available heating oil prices or have a trip into the woods to collect firewood!

Amend your thermostat.

Something as simple as reducing your temperatures by 1 degree can really slash your heating bills by the end of the year. Also, if you use some rooms in your house less than others, turn down your radiators. Instead of continuously churning out heat from all sources, put on a layer or two of clothes; that’s free to do every day! Thanks to the wonderful world of technology today, there are also options to operate your heating online. Suppliers are making it more convenient to preserve energy, so make sure you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Turn off those plugs!

Leaving appliances on standby and plugged into a socket all day every day is a huge waste of energy. Electricals are still using up energy in this state, so they are ready and working as soon as you turn on that switch. When you’re not usingthe kettle or microwave the next time you’re in the kitchen, switch off and unplug them to save that energy for something else. When using your oven to cook or bake, leave the door closed to keep the heat in and save it from working overtime. (The delicious smells can wait!)

Stop cool draughts.

There are loads of areas where you could feel a chilly draught in your home; the last thing you want in winter when you’re trying to keep the heat in!To make sure you take all necessary precautions to stay as comfortable as possible, identify these areas and act upon them. Use weather/draught proofing strips around windowsand doors to keep the cool air out and the warmness in!

Insulate and save.

If you don’t have the right insulation, the heat that you collect will soon disappear and you’ll be constantly pumping out heat unnecessarily. Having good quality loft and wall cavity insulation can help. Heat energy rises and can leave pretty quickly through the attic if it’s not insulated. With the recommended 270mm insulation, you can trap in your heat, allowing it to circulate around your home for longer, reducing the time you’ll need to keep the heating on.

Wash and dry at a lower temperature.

These days we’re able to wash clothes at lower temperatures without compromising on the cleanliness of our garments (thankfully!) Check your labels and your detergent to ensure you can lower your water’s temperature. It’ll save a ton of energy and can reduce bills by a third.Think about your water usage too; wasting heated water is twice as bad, as you’ll be paying for the water you use and the energy you use to heat it up! Having a shower instead of a bath is a great way to save on the amount of water and heat you use.
Putting all these points into practice when running your home can help improve your environment, save a ton of money and conserve energy!What measures do you put in place to save energy in your home? Does anyone have any hacks to save energy that hasn’t been shared here?

I really hope that this post has helped you guys save some pennies, who knows you may even be able to treat yourself to a nice bit of home decor with the savings!

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