A few smart investments and some simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your home bills.
Follow our top 10 money savings tips;
- DIY – Do what you can yourself. Try and handle the simpler jobs yourself like gardening, repairs and decorating. It may be tempting to get a handy man in or a gardener but by doing these chores yourself will save you money and also help keep yourself fit.
- Check the installation of your home you could be losing pounds every month from poor installation. Most houses lose about a third of their heat through the roof and walls but this can be fixed quickly and will instantly start saving you money. And don’t forget the importance of insulating your hot water tank. A tank that’s fitted with a thick British Standard insulating jacket (3” thick or more) will lose around 75% less heat than an uninsulated tank!
- Buy energy efficient appliances, some products will cost more initially but they will save you money in the long run. Some home appliances can be made to work more efficient, for example if you wash your clothes on a 30C programme you will use 40% less electricity.
- Take the time to do a price comparison for your energy bills. It’s worth shopping around to see who’s offering the best deals there are plenty out there at the moment.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs, they may be more expense to buy but the savings will be recouped from the running costs. Energy-saving light bulbs use around 25% of the energy of normal bulbs and last 10 times longer!
- Install new double glazed windows. Around 20% of heat goes straight out of our windows, uPVC windows not only save money on your energy bills but they will not rot so will save you money in the long term, as they will last longer than wooden frames.
- Use a thermostat. – Fit thermostatic valves to every radiator in the house, then you can heat just the rooms you’re using; there is no point in heating rooms you hardly use. FACT – you could save 10% on your annual bill if you turn the central heating down by just 1ºC!
- When using white appliances like dish washers and washing machines ensure you are using a full load. Turn off appliances when you are not using them there is no point in wasting electricity having them sat on standby. Go and check all your appliances now and see how many you have sat waiting on standby, consider how much wasted electricity you are using on a day to day basis’s.
- Bleed your radiators.
- 10. Time for a new boiler? – If your boiler is more than 15 years old, a new a high-efficiency condensing boiler could reduce fuel consumption by 20% plus. Set your hot water cylinder thermostat to 60ºC.
By making some small changes in and around the home and a few smart investments you really can start saving money.