From 1st October 2022, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas for all UK households. However, with economic uncertainty and cost of living on the rise, a penny saved is a penny earned. Keep reading for everything you need to know about reducing energy consumption, cutting down on your energy bills, and lowering your carbon footprint.
1. Switch off standby
Did you know that you can save around £65 (£30 in NI) per year just by turning your electronical appliances off standby mode? For your convenience, consider getting a smart plug or a standby saver as it lets you turn off all appliances off standby in one go.
While most appliances can be turned off at the plug without interfering with their programming, some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be plugged in. If you’re unsure, check the instructions carefully first.
2. Time to draught-proof your windows and doors
At first glance, installing professional draught-proofing and preventing heat loss from cracks in floors and skirting boards can seem like an investment as it would cost you around £225. It will be much cheaper if you’re quite handy and can DIY your own draught proofing.
However, after installation, it can save you around £125 (£100 in NI) per year on energy bills. Think of the enormous amount of money that can be allocated for better use in the long term.
3. Lights off
One of the quickest ways to reduce energy bills is to turn off the lights when you’re not using them. This will save you around £25 (£12 in NI) a year on your annual energy bills. If you want to further reduce your energy consumption, replace your current light bulbs with LED ones.
4. Shower time
If you love your time in the bathroom, then this could be a challenge to you. However, keeping your bath time to just 4 minutes translates to paying £95 (£90 in NI) less per year on energy bills.
Additionally, try swapping just one bath with a 4-minute shower per week could save you £20 (£19 in NI) a year on your energy bills.
For additional information on how to save money on your bills amid the energy crisis, head over to the Energy Saving Trust for more practical and helpful tips.
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