How to keep your energy bills low as we head into winter
As we start to head into winter, gas prices will suddenly increase, especially with the inflation that the UK is currently experiencing.
With predictions for of the energy price cap rising to the astonishing amount of £4,200 in October 2022, it is clear that everyone will be looking for ways to save money where they can.
In this article, we will discuss various ways to save money on your energy bills, as well as what government funding is available, to help cope with this financial struggle.
Get help from the government
First of all, if you’re in a low-income household, you may be eligible for the Cost Of Living grant (worth £650). To find out more about this grant, click here.
There will also be a one-off £400 discount, which is available for all households in England, Scotland, and Wales. This will begin in October 2022 and be applied in monthly instalments over the next 6 months. £66 in October 2022 & November 2022 and then £67 for December 2022 to March 2023.
The majority of pensioners will also receive an extra £300 for either November or December 2022 to help with the costs.
Turn the thermostat down
By turning the thermostat down by 1 degree, you can potentially save £105 on your annual bill. This may mean you need to wear extra layers; however, it will save you money in the long run so we definitely think it’s a tactic worth employing to help you save money on your energy bills.
Take short showers
If you can shorten your showers down to just 4 minutes, as well as swapping that one bath a week for a shower, you could potentially save around £35 per person each year. This may not be a pleasant change for those who love to indulge in long showers; however, you will save money thus keeping your energy bills lower.
Switch the lights off
One way that people lose money on their energy bill is by leaving on their lights after leaving a room. Instead, switch the lights off as you leave and you could save around £20 a year.
Use a cooler temp when using the washing machine
When you wash your clothes in a washing machine, 90% of the energy is used to heat up the water. The higher the temp you’re using, the more energy is needed to heat up the water. By using a 30-degree wash, you could save around a third of the energy, resulting in you saving money.
Don’t wash a half-load
Instead of washing a half-load, fully load up your dishwasher or washing machine. Half-cycles tend to use the same amount of energy as a full wash. By fully loading up your dishwasher/washing machine and being more efficient, you can save energy and money. To go the extra mile, you can stop your dishwasher before the drying stage, open it up and allow the contents to dry naturally.
Don’t overfill the kettle
One thing we Brits love is a good cup of tea; however, a lot of people overfill their kettle, resulting in wasted energy. Instead, only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. The more water, the more energy is required to heat it up.
Make sure your heating system is working efficiently
Having an inefficient heating system can cause you to waste energy, as well as money. For more information, contact us today!
Will you try keeping your energy bills low with these techniques?
Overall, there are numerous ways that you can save money on your energy bills and try to keep your costs as low as possible. If you’re unsure whether your heating system is efficient, you can contact us for professional advice.