There are even more ways to save money on your energy bills rather than installing insulation, replacing your windows or fitting a new boiler. Much of this has to do with your energy habits and by simply altering these; you can save a small fortune.
Energy efficient lighting
Home lighting can be a money burner and typically, it’ll make up 7% of the average British household’s annual energy bill. However, this doesn’t have to be the case as it’s incredibly easy to save money.
First off, it pays to replace any standard light bulbs with energy efficient replacements. These use just a small amount of electricity and last much longer.
Lighting energy saving tips:
Many properties use much more electricity than necessary on lighting simply because homeowners don’t realise how much it costs. This is why changing your daily habits is important.
- Always switch off lights when leaving a room, even if it’ll only be for a short period of time
- Try not to have a number of lights on at the same time in your home, especially when unneeded
- Hire an electrician to move light switches to make them conveniently placed and accessible. The bottom / top of the stairs and each end of a hallway is ideal
- Fit a sensor on any external lights so they’re not on unnecessarily
- Use appropriate lighting when carrying out certain activities. For instance, you won’t need the main light on when watching TV or reading a book.
It’s a little known fact, but the amount of water used in the home will contribute to your total energy bill. Amazingly, the average UK home uses 360 litres of water daily and 21% of your gas heated bill covers heating water for baths, showers and taps. This stands at around £140 annually.
Water saving tips:
- Avoid the immersion heater where possible as this is particularly expensive
- Switch bathing for a five-minute shower. If everyone in a family of four did this once a week, you could save up to £40 annually
- Replace your showerhead for an energy efficient replacement. This could save you £160 a year on gas and water bills
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. A running tap wastes six litres of water a minute
- Fix the dripping taps around your home. A dripping tap can waste 5,500 litres of water each year.
For all home appliances you’ll find an energy rating, highlighting how efficient the product is. It’s worth pointing out that by leaving your appliances on standby you will be wasting between £45 and £80 each year.
Home cookers are becoming more efficient by the year and A-rated products won’t set you back a fortune either. Amazingly, an A-rated cookers will use 40% less energy than a B-rated one.
Dishwashers consume a lot of energy, so if you can face it, try washing up every now and then. It doesn’t take as long as you’d think. Your dishwasher will cost £40 a year to run, so if it’s a must-have, invest in an efficient one.
Fridges & Freezers:
Your fridge and freezer are using electricity 24/7. There’s just no way around this. What you can do though is upgrade to an efficient appliance and an A-rated model will save £57 over its lifetime.
On average you will fill the kettle some 1,500 times a year. Eco-friendly kettles will use 20% less energy. Also, only boil the amount of water you need or you’ll be wasting precious energy each time.
TVs are becoming bigger and better every year and use a lot of energy. HD TVs are more powerful than the older standard definition ones and plasma screens are more expensive to run than LCDs. Whichever TV you have, our tip would be to switch them off at the wall when not in use rather than leaving them on standby.
Smart meters are designed to help reduce your energy bills by monitoring your usage and provide personalised information such as how much electricity is being used at any one time. This will also see an end to meter readings, as energy companies will be able to track your usage directly.
The Government has plans in place to rollout a smart meter to every UK property by the time 2020 rolls around.
Not only will your energy supplier be alerted as to how much power you’re property is consuming, but the smart meter will tell you when you’re using energy and how much this is costing. This will give you an opportunity to avoid using certain appliances frequently, if you realise how draining they are on electricity.
The benefits of a smart meter:
The major benefits for smart meters have been outlined above, as they’ll let you know your energy usage and how much you’re spending at any given time. This makes it easy to change certain habits and adapt your energy usage accordingly. By taking note of your smart meter you’ll make long term financial and carbon savings.
No longer will you have any doubt over the true cost of your energy bills and won’t have to worry about estimated billing either.