What would you do with an extra £1,200 a year? Go on holiday, treat yourself to something nice? Why not find out with our 10 step guide to slashing your energy bills in 2016.
1. Make Sure Off Is Off!
When you’re not using a home appliance or a charger, make sure to unplug them from the wall or turn the socket off at the wall. Leaving them on standby wastes energy and money. You could save around £90 a year by switching them off – all the way off!
2. Go 1 Degree Lower
Try turning down your thermostat by 1 degree – the chances are nobody in your home will even notice. It’s a very simple way to reduce your energy bills by up to £70 each year.
3. Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water
It’s very easy to do and could reduce your energy bills by £100 per year. Most washing powders perform well at lower temperatures – even cold water. There is the added benefit that your clothes will last longer if washed in cold water – heat causes material to fade and shrink.
4. Get Insulated – Reduce Energy Bills
According to The Energy Saving Trust, cavity wall insulation could reduce your energy bills by £160 per year while loft insulation could save an additional £140 a year. It’s even possible to have the costs of installing the insulation (around £800) covered by a grant from one of the large providers. For more information please see The Energy Saving Trusts website.
5. Invest In A Water Efficient Shower Head
If you have a traditional shower that takes hot water from the tank (rather than an electric shower) then you could save a large sum of money by fitting a water efficient shower head. These are designed to reduce your water consumption while retaining the sensation of water pressure. An average household could save £70 a year on gas for water heating as well as £100 a year on water bills.
6. Use LED Lightbulbs
The cost of LED lightbulbs (the most efficient kind of lightbulb) has fallen by 95% over the past few years. You can now pick up a cheap 60 watt LED light bulb for around £3. Invest in 20 of these bulbs for your most heavily used light fittings and you should be able to save £100 a year in your electricity bills. Even better, LED lightbulbs can last for over 20 years!
7. Switch Your Energy Tariff Away From The Big 6
It’s never been easier to switch your energy provider away from the Big 6 suppliers. There are many cheaper deals in the market provided by smaller independent energy providers which could save you over £300 a year. Check out our review here.