How to reduce energy costs at home

How do you reduce energy costs at home with gas and electricity prices in the UK soaring? Well, there’s never been a better time to examine where you can cut costs, check out the tips below:

Tips from the Energy Saving Trust.

These tips include estimated figures from the Energy Saving Trust to show the potential energy savings that you could make.

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  • Monitor your usage – Keeping an eye on your consumption levels help you decide if you have to change the way you use energy. Installing a Smart Meter allows you to track your consumption with accurate and real time information.
  • Install a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using. They learn how long it takes to heat your home, making sure that it is at the right temperature at exactly the right time. By installing room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £75 a year.
  • Turn down your thermostat – Almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by hot water and heating costs. Turning your heating down by just one degree could save up to £80 a year.
  • Turn off standby appliances – Turn appliances off at the plug to save an average of £30 a year. Use plug sockets that can be turned on and off via your phone, to make sure you switch unused appliances off.
  • Buy efficient appliances – Throwing out a perfectly good appliance won’t save you much money, but when it is time, swapping for one with a high energy-efficiency rating is worth the investment. An A+++ washing will typically use £65 less energy than an A+ one over an 11-year product lifespan. A modern dishwasher will typically cost around £7 less a year to run compared to an older model and an A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.
  • Invest in double glazing – Is your semi-detached home completely single glazed? You could save as much as £110 a year by installing A-rated double glazing!
  • Draught-proof your home – A cold draught can cause your property to lose heat, but don’t be tempted to turn up the heating. Draught excluders are a good way to prevent heat loss. Seal cracks in floors and skirting boards, line your letterbox and block an unused chimney to reduce your bills by up to £35 a year.
  • Be water savvy – You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap. Buying a more efficient shower head can save you as much as £18 per person a year on energy bills, plus an additional amount if you have a water meter.
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature – Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce energy usage, and if you can cut out one wash cycle per week you’ll clip £5 off your annual energy bill.

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