With the cost of gas and electricity constantly increasing, here are our easy tips to ensure you are not overpaying or wasting money on energy bills:
Our number 1 tip is to always shop around when looking at your energy provider and consider fixing your energy prices. If you haven’t changed supplier in the last few years it is likely there will be savings to be had. Use a site such as: Which Switch to do a price comparison.
Pay your energy bills by Direct Debit where possible, most supplier’s discount for this. Also ensure that you regularly read your meter and provide updated readings to your supplier.
In your home
Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree could save the average home £85 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. So go on, get an extra jumper rather than reaching for the temperature control!
When it comes to lights and appliances – turn them off! Don’t waste electricity by leaving them on standby. You can also make savings by switching your light bulbs to energy saving ones and consider energy saving appliances.
Try to reduce the drafts. Shutting your curtains at night and looking into draft proofing your windows – all could save you money. Invest in door draft proofing strips and if you have open chimneys consider an inflatable pillow to block it up in the winter. More expensive considerations would be to look at your house insulation and consider double glazed windows.
Time for a new appliance?
Whilst initially a large outlay, replacing an old gas boiler and installing a new high efficiency boiler is likely to save you the most money. Which estimates that average households could save £652 every year on their gas bill with a new high efficiency boiler. New boilers will come with a full set of controls to include a boiler thermostat, a programmer, a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs). Once you have a new boiler installed ensure that you are using it efficiently. Use the controls on your radiators and set up a programme that suits your household needs. To find out more about high efficiency boilers or the benefits of Combi boilers contact Carshalton Boilers, based in Surrey:www.carshalton-boilers.co.uk/
Consider installing a Smart meter. Smart meters come with a home screen that shows you how much energy you are using in real time and the cost of this. They are currently being installed in homes across Britain by energy suppliers now. Speak to your supplier to find out more.
Lastly if you are on a low income you may qualify for an energy efficiency grant. Visit: USwitch to see if you could be eligible.
For more information or advice on your heating or boiler, please contact us; Carshalton Boilers on: 0208 3958060.