With the cost of utilities constantly rising year by year some families are having a difficult time finding that extra cash to spend on an already expensive energy bill. Particularly in the UK for example, they have started charging a daily 'service charge' adding up to £ 70 a year on gas and electric.
£ 70 a year is a large chunk of your wage to lose, so below we have a list of ten simple things anyone can do in their home or at work to offset a little bit of the extra cash you lose.
1. Switch to 30º
Did you know that up to 90% of the electricity in a washing machine goes towards heating up the water? A while ago there was a huge advertising campaign advising people to switch their washing machines down to 30º when doing their laundry. This is still a very easy way to save yourself some money on your bills which is proven to work.
Has your house gone a little chilly? Well instead of whacking on the electric heater for a quick boost, why do not we put a sweater on? You would be surprised how many people would rather cozy themselves up with a sweater and a hot drink than turn their heating up. This is one of the most comfortable ways to save electricity and gas bills.
3. Halogen Cookers
A big hit to your bills will always be your oven. Whether it is gas or electric the oven will hit your bills with a thud. Recently a friend of mine bought a Halogen Cooker for £ 40 and he swears that it has cut down the electricity bills by a few pounds a month.
An alternative to buying a Halogen Cooker could be allowing the heat from your last meal to warm your home up. Have you ever left the oven open after a long roast dinner has been cooking inside? Just let the heat of your meal warm up the house a little.
4. Home Insulation and Double Glazing
This is another obvious one. Loft and wall insulation works wonders for keeping heat inside your home. If you are unsure whether or not you already have home insulation I would find out immediately. Many people are entitled to grants or money off home insulation so this energy saving tip may not cost you nearly as much as you expect.
5. Solar Panels
Similar to home insulation, did you know that some people are entitled to free solar panels? At the very least you may be entitled to some money off. All the government requests is that you have the right kind of roof and that you own your own property. If you tick yes on both these requirements solar panels can save you up to a third on electricity in the home each year!
I know we covered layers earlier in this article, but socks and slippers deserve their own spot on this list. Did you know that your feet are the farthest away limb from your heart? This means they take the longest to heat up from pumping blood around your body. You may have noticed that feet never seem to warm up right away no matter what you do to them. This in turn cools your whole body down. Keeping socks on at all times helps keep your body much warmer in general.
7. Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Most homes have switched to energy saving light bulbs these days, however you may not switched all of your light bulbs. It is important that you make sure every light bulb in your home is now an energy saving one. This can save some people up to £ 55 a year depending on how many lights you use in your house.
8. Boiler Upgrading
Many people may not think of this, but you may have a very old boiler in the home that is no where near as energy efficient as a modern boiler. Unfortunately this can cost a hefty £ 1000 for a high quality boulder but according to the Energy Savings Trust it can save you up to £ 255 a year so maybe the outlay will be worth your while.
Bathing may be great for relaxation every once in a while. But taking a bath every night can cost you a fortune on your water and heating bills. A five minute shower can save you up to £ 20 a year instead of filling up a huge tub every day.
10. Switch Off!
Many homes I have visited admit to keeping their computers on all night. Did you know that many of the computers and games consoles we own have automatic shut off controls? If you enjoy watching a movie before bed set your computer to turn off after a few hours of inactivity. If you leave your XBox running you can set it to switch off after a few hours. So even if you forget to turn off your appliances they can always do it themselves.
These ten simple points are only a few of the many ways we can save energy in our homes. Hopefully you found this article helpful and stimulating enough to start saving a little bit of energy around your house.
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