Energy bills can be expensive, but there are a few things you can do to keep your costs as low as possible.
As simple as it sounds; but it's the obvious first step in attempting to lower your energy bills. Be sure to shop around and use comparison websites which allow you to compare electricity, gas and solar offers from all energy retailers, which is based on information you provide about your household or small business.
Cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only cool the rooms you spend the most time in. Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly, and keep your curtains closed during the day when there is a heat-wave. Block draughts around doors and windows to stop cool air leaking out. Use external shading, such as external blinds or canvas awnings, to keep the sun off the window.
During the winter, heating can account for over 30% of your bill. Set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree above 20 can add 10% to your heating bill.
Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied. Make sure all your heating or cooling is turned off when you leave the house.
You can save around £115 per year by washing clothes in cold water. You can also save by making sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle and waiting until you have a full load.
Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.
An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your energy bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating.
Replace old halogen light globes with energy-efficient LED globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer.
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