It’s fair to say that most of us have felt the pinch since the energy price cap increase this April, which had an increase of 54%. The price of energy are set to increase again in October 2022, with a new price cap limit of £2,500.
This could cause a lot of worry for many homeowners, but there are ways to help keep the costs down.
We’re not saying cancel your Netflix or gym memberships, as this won’t make a difference in the grand scheme of things – we’re talking about conscious changes around your home that will make a difference; whether small or big.
How to make your home more energy efficient
By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you’ll cut costs and make your home more comfortable in the colder and warmer months. As well, you’ll cut your carbon emissions which will help the environment too. The best way to do this is to implement home improvements around your home.
There are a few ways to improve your home to make it more energy efficient – some are small, and some can be more costly.
One of the first things you can do is fill in any gaps around your home that are allowing heat to leave your home and get draught extruders. Areas to look at are:
- Windows and doors
- Fireplace and chimney
- Loft hatches
- Skirtings and Floorboards
Using products such as draught-proofing strips and silicone-based fillers, or simply blocking large gaps such as an unused fireplace, will help fill in any present gaps and stop heat from escaping.
Windows and doors can be the worst culprit for heat escaping your home. If you don’t already have them, consider getting double or triple-glazed windows.
Switch to energy-efficient fittings
Another way to save energy is by switching to energy-efficient fittings in your home. There are a wide range of options if you’re looking at getting energy-efficient fittings, which include:
- LED lightbulbs
- Water-saving shower heads
- Low-flow taps
- Low-flush toilets
- Smart thermostat
You can even buy energy-efficient appliances such as fridge-freezers, kettles, and ovens. Have a shop around, you’ll be surprised what you can find to help keep the costs down!
Small changes that make a big difference
We all have small habits, such as leaving the lights on or leaving the tap running when brushing our teeth. But doing this constantly will impact your energy costs more than you think.
For example, if you switch from an old-style light bulb to an LED lightbulb, you could cut around £180 from your energy bills.
Small changes that will help reduce your energy and water consumption:
- Switching off lights when not in use
- Avoid leaving appliances on standby
- Avoid over-filling the kettle when boiling
- Try to do full load washes
- Avoid using a tumble dryer
- Fix leaking taps
- Turn your heating down while you’re away from home
- Invest in thick curtains to prevent heat from escaping
- Switch off the TV when not in use
- Use a laptop as this will use less energy than a computer set-up
- Don’t open your oven when cooking – it can lose up to 25 degrees each time you open it, resulting in more energy to get back up to temperature.
What to do next if you’re bills are still too high
The first thing you need to do is check your energy bill and see whether you’re being charged for an estimate or an inaccurate reading. Estimated readings are typically based on your usage for the previous months, and if you’ve been using less energy – you will most likely be charged more. Always try to submit your readings for an accurate energy bill.
Alternatively, having a smart metre installed will allow you to see how much energy you’re using daily, and your energy supplier can give you an accurate bill.
You can switch tariffs or suppliers to get the best deals for your energy. This allows you to find the best price for you. You can compare prices on sites such as Money SuperMarket or Uswitch.
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