8 Simple Energy Saving Tips
Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient alternatives
LED bulbs cost £1.71 a year to run in comparison to halogen bulbs which cost £8.42. Outside your home, consider changing to solar lighting if you can.
Turn down your heating thermostat
Energy experts at Uswitch suggest turning your thermostat down by one degree could save you £80 a year on your household bills.
Clean and bleed your radiators
A dusty radiator won't radiate heat as effectively as a clean one, moreover, if the water can't circulate inside a radiator properly, more energy will be used. Why not add smart radiator valves which will turn the radiator off once a room has reached your chosen temperature.
Consider the layout of your room
Add rugs and heavy curtains with a thermal lining to retain the heat and help eliminate draughts. Draught-proofing is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to save energy and reduce bills. Adding keyhole covers and a letterbox brush will prevent heat escaping, whilst airtight silicone can be used between skirting boards and floors.
Service your boiler annually
You may find your boiler is not working as efficiently as it could be, a properly serviced boiler should improve its performance and help reduce carbon emissions. Insulate your loft According to Which? insulation generally pays for itself within two to three years, and from then on a saving of up to £315 per year.
Consider easy-to-install new technologies
Wireless and remote thermostats provide the comfort of being able to adjust your heating away from your home. Should you accidentally leave the heating high during the day, these handy devices allow you to lower your heating remotely. Similarly, wireless plug sockets allow you to remotely turn off devices ordinarily left on standby with a simple app.
The Government have given all electricity providers a deadline of 2024 to install smart meters in all homes and businesses. They provide real time information on electricity and gas usage in your home, limiting the risk of a 'surprise' bill and allowing you to monitor and adjust your usage throughout the month.