Save Money this Winter
The cold snap is here again and we all know that a cold winter means big bills in the new year, here are a few tips on how to minimise the impact.
Replace your boiler
Boilers contribute up to 55% towards your annual energy bills, so it’s worth looking into whether you could benefit from a new boiler. Modern boilers work more efficiently by heating quicker while preserving energy.
Turn down your thermostat
By turning your thermostat down, closing your curtains, shutting doors and using draft excluders you can contain the heat and keep warm.
You can maximise the efficiency of your heating by placing a radiator booster on top. It is effectively suck up the heat lost from behind your radiator and pushes it around it from the room.If used in the correct it, it can reduce your thermostat by 1-3 degrees and make a cost saving of over £150 a year.
Get the blankets out
This might seem like a really obvious one, but rather than setting your heating to maximum, why not get cosy on the sofa with your favorite blanket? You can drop the temperature by a couple of degrees and snug at the same time.
Washing your clothes
If you are buying a new washing machine look out for the Energy Saving trust Recommended logo. These machines will be far more efficient and cheaper to run.
Wash your clothes at 30 degrees. Most detergents work effectively at a lower temperature and by cleaning at 30 degrees you are using approximately 40% less energy than the higher temperatures. You can also save on your bill by only washing a full load and not using a tumble dryer. Use a clothes airer instead and speed up drying time by placing the airer in a room where you have the heating on.
Shut the doors
Do you have rooms that you don’t normally use? If so – close the doors and use draft excluders. There’s no point in wasting energy in rooms that don’t need it.
A leaking hot water tap uses up more energy than you think (and can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year), make sure that you check all your taps and ensure that washers and taps are in good condition. You can also make further savings by installing lower flow taps.
Use energy efficient Christmas decorations
The most efficient way to light your home this Christmas is to use LED lights. They cost a little more than standard Christmas lighting, but, they last much longer and use much less energy.
Insulating your water tank is one of the best ways to conserve energy and save money, make sure that you insulate any visible pipes for further savings.
Always make sure that your dishwasher is full and on an energy saving setting before before turning it on. Make sure that all food is scraped off plates, pans and utensils and that salt and rinse aid are topped up to ensure a thorough wash. Turn off your taps! A running hot water tap wastes more than 6 litres of water a minute. You can also save money by only boiling water you need when using the kettle and investing in energy efficient appliances when you can.
Upgrade your heater
Storage heaters are well known for wasting vast amounts of energy. You could install a new central heating system, but if that’s not possible you can upgrade your current system. You can install storage heaters which have better controls or fit thermostats to make your heating work more efficiently.
Service your boiler
Has it been more than a year since you serviced your boiler? If so you need to book a boiler service ASAP. A poorly functioning boiler can waste energy and money. It’s also vital that you service your boiler to ensure that it is safe.
Turn off your plugs
Leaving your electric appliances on standby can significantly contribute to a higher energy bill. Unplug and switch off your appliances to save between £50-£90 a year.
Replace your light bulbs
For the biggest savings invest in some LED or CFL bulbs. They use much less electricity and last for up to 15 to 20 years.
This winter has seen the majority of energy suppliers increase their rates. There is still time to change supplier and save some pennies. Visit USwitch to compare prices and see if you can save this winter.