Five ways to cut your energy bills
We’re all looking for extra ways to save money on our energy bills, especially during the winter months when weekends and evenings are spent keeping warm inside.
Luckily, saving money on your energy bills can start with a few simple small changes around the home.
Here, home management service Hoppy outlines five ways to cut your energy bills.
Laundry is an inevitable household task that can quickly increase electricity bills, especially for larger families. One simple step to reduce both your energy usage and costs is to change the way you do this everyday task. Turn the dial down and wash your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40, as this uses a staggering 40% less energy and can save you nearly 50% on running costs.
Once your washing is ready to dry, turn away from the trusty tumble dryer which costs 30p an hour to use and instead invest in a heated clothes airer, which dries clothes at a fraction of the cost.
Not only can your choice of lighting affect the aesthetic of a room but the bulbs you choose can also have a huge impact on your energy bills too. Simply changing the bulbs in your home to LED bulbs, can save households an average of £7 a year per LED lightbulb on energy usage. What’s more, the bulbs can last for two decades, saving the additional cost of rebuying.
If you are considering redecorating your home, it’s also worth considering your choice of paint colour. Decorating your home with darker tones like deep navy will absorb the heat in your home, resulting in a warmer space.
Whereas cooler shades like magnolia and pale grey are perfect for creating a cool living space in the summer months.
During these cold winter months, warming our homes is high on our agenda and it can be tempting to whack the dial up to the highest temperatures to escape the winter chill.
However, turning the heating down by just one degree on the thermostat can save an average of £75 a year on energy costs. The temperature of your home can still be maintained at a high level by ensuring you have thick curtains and fireplace balloons to stop warm air escaping the home and covering any exposed floors with thick, plush rugs and throws.
It’s also important to ensure you are on the best energy deal available to you, with an energy provider compatible to your household’s needs.
Research shows that if you have been with the same provider for several years then it is likely that you are paying more than you should for your energy usage. It could be worth checking out a comparison website to get a feel for the choice of deals that are available to consumers.
At Hoppy, we estimate that consumers can save up to £458 per year after switching utility providers.