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Changes to save money on your energy bills
If you are a homeowner or a renter, energy bills are an inevitable monetary outgoing for your household. Not only are they necessary but they are expensive for many, as the price of fuel is constantly rising.
Due to their big expense on a household budget, many people try to find a way to reduce the vast cost of heating your home and keeping the power on. If you are wanting to save money on your energy bills, then we have put together a few ideas for you.
Switch your energy provider
The rise of comparison websites makes it easier than ever to switch your energy provider. On any of the major comparison websites you can enter your details and search a number of energy providers in minutes. By doing this, you can see which one will give you the best deal for your circumstances.
Once you have found your best deal provider, switching is simple and can be done online or over the phone. The whole process should take a week or two and in the main, it is completely hassle free. Many people have reported savings hundreds of pounds doing this, but even if you only save £20 that is a small but good saving.
Do some home maintenance
By this, I don’t mean redecorate or buy some new curtains but simpler tasks that will help reduce energy costs. Firstly, check your thermostat often to make sure it is not set on a higher temperature than is needed. This is particularly something to be aware of in summer when the need for heating is much less.
Next, change your light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. These are much cheaper than they used to be and they cut costs. On the subject of lighting in your house, if you have time switches make sure you reset them. During the summer months, they can come on later and finish earlier taking into account extra daylight. If you have light sensitive switches in your house, this should already be taken into account for you.
Also, before winter sets in, check for any places where draughts may be getting in. The bottom of doors, around windows, through chimneys and vents are the usual culprits. Sort out the seals on these and buy draught excluders before winter to keep the heat in and the cold out.
Pay your bills by Direct Debit
Paying your bills by Direct Debit is a simple and easy way to cut bill costs. Paying via Direct Debit is usually seen as a safer and more reliable option by energy providers. By setting Direct Debit payments up for these bills, you are usually rewarded with lower prices that have been set across the year. It’s a simple change that could save you money in the long run.
Invest in the eco-friendly
If you can afford it, investing in eco-friendly technologies to heat and power your home is worth it. It is an expensive upfront cost however, the pay off over time is great. Some go the whole hog investing in solar panels, bio-mass incinerators and even their own wind turbine. This creates an opportunity to produce their own energy or use their own energy and energy providers in tandem.
If you are wanting to have a more eco-friendly home but can’t afford the cost, you can see if you are eligible for a green energy deal. These allow you to improve the insulation of your home, get a new boiler, get or improve your double glazing or even attach some solar panels to your home. Once you apply, your house will be assessed to see what improvements need to be made and how much money you are eligible for. As long as you pay the energy bills at your property you can apply. But if you’re a renter you should obtain your landlord’s permission before application.
The simplest solution: use less energy
This may sound obvious but simply using less energy is the easiest, and in some instances, best way to save money. Turning down the thermostat, using less hot water, turning off lights and plugs when not in use create substantial savings for you.
It really is as simple as, the more energy you use, the more you will get charged. The sooner you make changes to use less energy, especially in summer, the better for your wallet.
There are many ways to cut costs on these necessary bills. However you go about it we hope you manage to save plenty of money on energy.