Throughout these next few cold, gloomy winter months, it’s easy to knock up the bills around the house. All of a sudden, you’ll see an increase in gas, electricity and particularly those heating bills, and why not? We understand that anything is better than having to sit in the shivering cold, especially when you’re inside the comfort of your own home. However, becoming more energy-efficient in your home can save you bundles of pennies which you’ll most definitely be able to put to better use, especially with Christmas and New Years just around the corner!
Here at Oscar and Hunt, we have put together our top five tips on how you can be energy efficient this winter!
This might seem silly, but taking the time out to go through and understand your energy bill will go a long way in helping you save money in the long run. The huge amounts of information tends to be slightly daunting and difficult to understand, but rather than accepting the amount you use each month and paying your bills silently, why not read through and get to grips with what it is that may be costing you the most money each year and how you can go about cutting this right down?
Although it may seem obvious to have your home insulated, many people do not realise to what extent insulating your home and loft can save you in terms of money. On average, people can save up to £140 a year off their energy bills with decent loft insulation and £160 a year on cavity wall insulation. You do the maths!
Although it’s easy to flick the central heating on all day during this much colder period, stay as efficient as possible by planning and timing your heating in advance. Setting your heating to go on and off exactly when you need it to rather than running the risk of leaving it on all day (and night!) will work wonders for your bill at the end of each month.
It is somewhat inevitable that your bills will be slightly higher at this time of year, so pay more attention to switching off or unplugging any appliances that do not need to be on around the house. Whether it be the TV being left on standby, your phone chargers left plugged in or lights left on unnecessarily, getting into the habit of switching things off will make a significant difference to the amount of energy used in your home.
You’d be surprised how much energy is used in this one little room of your home, however by using your kitchen appliances more carefully, you can save up to £50 if not more, per year. Avoid leaving your taps running whilst washing up, only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need and cutting back on the amount of cycles per week using your washing machine can all reduce your overall energy bills each month and year.