Want to save some money on your utility bills without feeling like you’re giving up a thing? Well, if you’re willing to put in a little work now, you can reap substantial savings month after month – without lifting a finger again. You can painlessly save hundreds of pounds a year on utility bills just by taking some simple steps to cut down on water and energy usage. You may even be able to get help from your local utility company to implement some great cost-saving measures too.
Here are some tips to help you get started…
- Get a programmable thermostat. Program the timer to run your heating as minimally as possible while you’re sleeping or away from home. There’s no point in heating the house as much when you’re not there. In winter, just add an extra blanket to everyone’s bed and turn the heat down a couple of degrees.
- Add insulation strips to doors and windows. Sealing up your doors and windows with tight-fitting weather stripping will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature by preventing heat and air conditioning from being sucked outside. You’ll enjoy lower energy bills to boot; closing up the gaps can save 25% or more on heat and air conditioning expenses.
- Use cold water to wash your clothes. About 90% of the energy required to wash a load of laundry is used to heat the water. Most loads of laundry will clean up just fine (and often stay in better condition long-term) if they’re washed and rinsed in cold water. For greasy stains and other conditions that require using warm or hot water, at least use cold water for the rinse cycle.
- Don’t leave unnecessary lights on, and appliances left plugged-in or on standby. Nearly all electrical and electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems. The only exceptions may be some satellite and digital TV recorders that may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record. Check the instructions on any appliances you aren’t sure about.
- If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower) then you may be able to fit a water-efficient shower head and that could reduce your hot water usage whilst still maintaining the sensation of a powerful shower.
- Ask your energy company how they can help you save. Many energy companies will perform a free energy audit on your home. They’ll come to your house and point out ways that you can save energy and reduce your monthly bill. They can also let you know about any specials they offer, which could even include cash incentives toward installing certain energy-efficient appliances and home improvements.
By investing a little research and elbow grease now, you can save money on utility bills for years to come. It’s an investment in your finances that’s well worth exploring, because when you’re selling your home in the UK, or anywhere in the EU these days, you must have an Energy Performance Certificate created that gives your home a rating according to the amount of energy it uses and the better the rating you achieve on your EPC, and the lower your energy costs are, the more attractive your home will be to a potential buyer, so it’s something that you should definitely start considering!
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