Tips for cutting your energy bill this winter
With winter fast approaching we thought we would share some of these great energy saving tips from www.savemoneycutcarbon.com, which works with businesses and consumers to help them reduce consumption of energy and water.
Tip 1: Install LED lighting
Replace all the inefficient traditional lighting in your home with LED lights. You can get LED replacements for just about every fitting and the light emitting diode technology delivers up to 90% savings on lighting bills. The initial cost is repaid incredibly quickly through these energy savings and then you go on saving year after year because LED lights will last for more than a decade.
Tip 2: Swap to eco showerheads and taps
Cutting back on the amount of water you use is another great way to save. Swap out your old shower heads with an eco-version that mixes air with water flow and so cuts water consumption by more than 50%. You can achieve similar savings with eco taps. Howerver, if you want to keep your current taps, simple but brilliant tap aerators will help to reduce water use by more than 50%.
Tip 3: Make sure you’re draught proof
It’s crucial to draught-proof your home. For example, sealing out the wind around doors and windows could chop anything up to £50 a year from the heating bill. Less cold air coming in should also allow you to turn down the thermostat for further savings.
Tip 4: Insulate the loft
Insulate the loft, a cheap and effective way to cut costs and you get your money back though energy savings in about two years.
Tip 5: Get wall cavity insulation
If your home is less than 90 years old, then it's likely that you can install cavity wall insulation, which sits in the space between two layers of bricks and is a very efficient way to cut heat loss, with payback on investment of around £500 in less than four years.
Tip 6: Service or replace your boiler
If you do decide to get a new, more efficient model, you could cut energy use by up to 40%. A condensing boiler in place of an old model should cut gas bills by around £310 a year, which means that the investment is recouped in roughly six years.
Tip 7: Turn the thermostat down by one degree
Check the timer programming, your radiator settings and turn down the thermostat by a degree will shave about £75 off the annual heating costs.
Tip 8: Choose A-Rated appliances
Latest energy-saving appliances are all much more efficient than those of even five years ago and can each help cut between £40-£100 a year from electricity bills.
Tip 9: Buy smart power strips
These switch off power to devices in a sequence – so if you turn off your PC/laptop, linked devices like the monitor, printer and scanner also power down. It's the same for your TV, cable/satellite box, video game console and DVD player.
Tip 10: Switch energy supplier
Switch energy supplier and keep flexible about who you buy energy from. If you can, go for one of the competitive green energy suppliers.