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Smart Tips for Lowering Your Energy Costs

The past few months have seen a fair amount of turmoil in the domestic energy industry, with gas and electricity suppliers first increasing their prices by an average of approximately 7%, before then reducing them somewhat following a series of energy policy changes promised by the government. The net effect of all of this however is still an increase in prices across the board and energy prices are sitting at an all time high.

Now, more than ever, we need to be extremely conscious of our energy usage and expenditure. Below are some smart tips on changes to make and details to be aware of, to ensure that you don’t pay any more than you need to for your gas and electricity.

Reduce usage

It seems obvious to say, but reducing the amount of gas and electricity we use around our homes will translate into a reduction in the cost of our energy bills. Key areas to look out for include:

Smart Meters – The introduction of smart meters being installed in your home is a contentious decision between the general public but what theses do is provide the consumer with the opportunity to better manage your usage which could ultimately save you money.
Light bulbs – ensure that modern energy saving bulbs are fitted throughout your home. New energy saving light bulbs save around £3 per bulb per year when compared to old incandescent bulbs and last a great deal longer too. Also be sure to turn off lights when not in use.

Kitchen appliances - Make sure that you are washing full loads in washing machines and dishwashers and consider turning down the temperature you’re washing at. For instance, turning the washing machine temperature down from 40°C to 30°C will use a third less electricity.

General appliances - Turn off all appliances such as TV’s, games consoles and stereos when not in use. Even switching these items to standby still drains energy and costs the average UK household £50 per year in wasted electricity, so make sure they are fully switched off.

Be tariff aware

As reported by the energy industry regulator OFGEM, the number of people switching energy tariff fell in 2013 for the fourth year in succession. That there are so many disengaged consumers out there unwilling to help themselves save money is incredible. Particularly when you consider that the difference in price between a suppliers incumbent ‘standard’ tariff and the cheapest on the market would mean a difference of approximately 300 pounds per year to the average household at the time of writing.

So make sure that your know what energy tariff you are on (this information can be found on a copy of your most recent bill or by asking your supplier) and be sure to regularly compare your energy deal against the whole market to ensure you’re still on the best tariff available to you. If you’re not, then switch away, as there is nothing energy providers like more than consumer apathy.

Insulate, insulate, insulate

The amount of heat that seeps out of poorly insulated homes ends up costing homeowners a small fortune each year. While newer properties are typically thoroughly insulated, older buildings are often very poorly insulated and so can leak a huge amount of heat through walls, floors and ceilings. If you have an older house then it is certainly worth making the investment of time and money to insulate it properly to help reduce your gas and electricity bills in the longer term.

It’s worth noting that some energy suppliers offer grants to help pay for the cost of certain types of insulation, or may even provide it for free, so it’s worth speaking to your provider first to check.

There are various different types of insulation available, most notably:

Cavity wall insulation: This insulation fills the space between walls in older properties with an insulating material. A small hole is drilled into the wall and the insulation material is blasted into each cavity. Once this is complete the hole is filled.

Loft insulation: It is estimated that between 25-40% of heat within a home is lost via the roof if it is not insulated. Loft insulation is fairly easy to fit as it is just laid out in the attic space of a home and costs about 4 or 5 pounds per square metre.

Double-glazing: Although it is initially very expensive, replacing all single glazed windows with double-glazing could save the average household in the region of £200 per year on energy costs.

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