With the winter fast approaching, UK households will be preparing for the increase in their utility bills that typically goes hand with fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures. You will find the lights on longer and the heating up higher as the evenings draw in and the weather outside takes a turn for the worse.
Don’t panic though, there are a number of things you can do in the home to help keep costs down without having to sacrifice any warmth or light. Here are some top tips on how to save on your electricity bill.
Between 10 and 15 percent of the average home’s electricity bill is from lighting. The most obvious thing you can do to save money on this aspect of your bills is to ensure lights are turned off when not in use. Kids tend to be the worst offenders for leaving lights switched on, so it is important to teach them to turn out the lights when leaving a room, for the sake of the environment, and your purse.
You should also consider using energy saving bulbs in every lamp. These don’t waste energy creating heat and therefore use much less power than traditional bulbs. They do cost a little more initially, but as they last for up to ten years, this is an investment that will soon pay off.
Think about the bigger picture and work out if you could be paying less at source. Consider switching suppliers to find the best rate for you. You can compare tariffs online, or call companies to find out their rates. Look into dual fuel deals to see if you could cut your bills by having both gas and electric from the same provider.
You might not realize your utility provider offers this service, but you can even get electricity from British Gas on a combined rate with your gas. Call companies like British Gas directly to make sure you get the best deal for your household.
The age of gadgets is upon us, and it is not uncommon for several systems to be running in the home at the same time. You will often need to charge wireless devices, and others, like games consoles and televisions, will need to run off the mains throughout use. Whilst this is fine, and an expected use of power these days, you can cut a fair chunk off your bill by being careful to only plug in when necessary.
Keeping a fully charged phone attached to the mains uses far more power than necessary, and a television on standby uses up to eighty five percent of the power that it would were it on properly. When you leave a room, or go to bed, make sure any unused devices are either switched off properly if plugged in, or are unplugged at the wall.
By following these few, very simple tips, you can drastically reduce the amount of electricity you are using. This is not only better for the planet, but you will be surprised how much money you can save, with only small alterations to your home habits.
Note: Contribution from Roxanne Wells