During 2017 many of us saw our energy prices rise as much as 15% and, with the average annual bill already coming in at well over £1000, these ongoing increases can easily begin to weigh on the mind and the pocket.
The good news is that there are things we can do to bring our energy bills down. With a few simple ideas, savings of hundreds of pounds are possible, bringing much-needed relief to our finances.
We’ve compiled some brilliant ideas (including some you may not have heard before) that could help you save on energy.
Keep warm and save money
- Run your heating for just one hour less.
- Keep the air flow vents on your electric heaters clear of any obstructions.
- Turn down your thermostat by one degree. Reducing it by just 1°C could cut your heating bill by £85 according to Energy UK.*
- Chose extra efficient modes of heating – for instance an electric underblanket can cost as little as 1p per night to run.
- Close the curtains – shut out the night and keep in the heat. But make sure you don’t drape your curtains over radiators, as this sends the heat straight out the window.
Cooking up energy savings
- Use the right sized pan for the food and the hob – smaller rings for smaller pans.
- Opt for microwaves to reheat food, as they’re cheaper to run and faster.
- Use energy efficient cooking methods such as slow cookers and pressure cookers.
- Only boil as much water as you need rather than filling the kettle up.
- It’s the most frequently quoted tip but we so often forget it… If you’re not going to be in the room for a while switch off the lights!
- Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t currently need. If they have a stand-by light, a display, or are hot to the touch, they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.
- Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs and don’t cost much more. Using one can help reduce costs over the lifetime of the bulb, and each bulb could help you save up to £6 a year.
- Run your washing machine on full loads – and fill up your washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
- Wash your clothes at 30ºC and use economy programmes if you have them.
Shop Around For the Cheapest Deal on Energy
- There are lots of energy suppliers out there fighting for customers, so it’s a good time to find a cheaper deal.
- Users can potentially save more than £300^ on contracts according to Ofgem, and this can be done with just a few clicks.
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*Saving calculated against an average bill of £1,135 (Average of Big 6 energy suppliers’ Monthly Direct Debit payment method standard tariffs) after price rises enacted, vs. that of the lowest available tariff based on average usage [ IRESA Flex4 12month Fixed Direct Debit, £820 per annum, fixed for 12 months].
^ 66% of households in 2016 were on standard supply tariffs paying on average £304 more than the most competitive rate available, Ofgem September 2016
- Source: energyhelpline.com, 19/10/17
- All calculations are for an average usage dual fuel household paying by monthly direct debit.
- Average usage as defined by OFGEM is 12,000 kWh pa of gas and 3,100 kWh pa of electricity.