From easy adjustments to new technology, there are many ways to save money around the home, cut bills and reduce our carbon footprint.
Many people assume they wouldn’t be able to save money on water but there are a few little things you can try. The average water bill is around £32 a month, so why not consider the following:
- If you live in England or Wales, having a water meter installed may be worthwhile. Check out this water meter calculator to see if you could save.
- Switch to showers from baths
- Switch to a more efficient shower head
Are you in the wrong council tax band?
How much council tax you pay depends on your home and where you live – just go to your council’s website to find all your information on council tax. If you think your property is in the wrong tax band you may be entitled to a refund. It is thought that up to 400,000 homes in England and Scotland are in the wrong council tax bands – but beware, a review may lead to your property being put in a higher tax band.
Get a better deal on phone and broadband
We can often get better deals on phone and broadband packages so it can be worthwhile phoning your provider and simply asking. Or do your research and compare prices of the various providers and check out comparison sites. If your contract has expired you can usually switch without paying any fees.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average household uses about 15% of its energy usage on lighting so improving efficiency here can be a quick way to save money. It goes without saying to switch off lights when you leave a room – even switching it off for a few seconds will save more energy than it would take for the light to start up again.
Many people have switched to energy saving lightbulbs. The main types available in the UK are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs); both of which are great for general lighting. LEDs are particularly good for spotlights and dimmable lights, and are more efficient than CFLs, saving you around £35 a year on your bills.
Another great way to save energy is to replace any outdoor lights with ones with a sensor, meaning it’s only on when needed and it acts as extra security for your property.
More than half of our fuel bills go towards heating and hot water. Around £75 a year could be saved by installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and if you already have these, turning the thermostat down by one degree could save you around £80 a year.
Of course, you can set your heating and hot water to come on and off when needed, as well as only heating the most used areas of your home or reducing the temperature in less used spaces.
Smart heating controls, such as Nest and Hive, are also becoming more popular. They allow you to monitor your energy use and let you control it from your smartphone – great if you’re stuck in the office longer than expected or want to crank up the heat en-route home from holiday.
These are just some of the ways you can save some money in the home and don’t forget to get a quote from us to find out how much you could save by switching provider. Have any other money saving tips? Tweet us @peoplesenergy.