Energy costs seem to be on an ever upward curve and the experts reckon they’re due to rocket up over the next decade or so. The Government’s figures are less frightening, but their calculations involve all of us making massive cuts in our consumption.
Here are five sure-fire and simple ways to save on your fuel bills.
1 – Switch to save
Since the energy market was deregulated we’ve all been able to swap around, but too few of us do. There’s a plethora of comparison sites to help you find the cheapest deal and you should always ask your current supplier if you’re on the best tariff – online and direct debit payments tend to save you cash – and consumer rights group, Which, recommends you should change company every three years at least. Fixing your rate is a risk, but allows you to plan ahead and budget.
2 – Free home health check
The best money saving help is free money saving help and the Energy Saving Trust want to help you save up to £250 with its home energy check service.
3 – Check your use
You can go a stage further with an energy meter. You might be able to get one for free from your energy supplier, but even if you have to pay it’ll pay for itself in no time. By knowing where and when the juice is really flowing you’ll be able to take action effectively.
4 – Put a jumper on
Take 1 degree centigrade off your central heating thermostat and you should be able to put £65 in your wallet. Look at how you use your heating too. If you’re heating empty space, you’re wasting cash. Radiator off switches and thermostats are meant to be used.
5 – Bathe in green lights
Switching to greener, more efficient energy-saving light bulbs should be worth more than £50-a-year for most households. They last as long as 25,000 hours if you invest in LED lights. The initial outlay is more, but the savings will soon start to show up. Of course, you should be in the habit of turning off lights as soon as you don’t need them.
6 – Draught proof
A little effort can save most households £75-a-year. Your DIY skills will be needed but there’s nothing too challenging about draught-proofing strips. Check all your windows first, then your doors. A fireplace which isn’t used is basically a warm air escape route – a small inflatable is the perfect closure. Fill gaps in your floorboards with flexible filler and stick draught-proofing strips around your loft hatch. If you’re really going for it you can even deal with the keyholes and letter box.
We all want to be greener, even if we’re jetting off with American Express Platinum Travel every summer, and being green around the home will save you plenty of the green stuff.
Jonathan Creek is a lover of all things green and has written for a variety of sites on this area of energy.