Energy can be one of the most significant annual costs for any household if you're not paying attention to how much you're using or spending. In order to ensure you're getting the most from your energy costs, make sure you've got these five bases covered:
Switching your energy supplier
One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your energy spend is to compare energy deals to ensure you’re on the cheapest gas and electricity plan for your home. Even if you're already on a cheap deal, there may be an even better one out there for you.
Additionally, if you've previously switched and signed up for a fixed rate deal, make sure you know when it ends as this is the time you'll fall back on to a supplier's standard variable tariff — this will often be their most expensive tariff as permitted by the level of the energy price cap.
Bleeding your radiators
The process of bleeding your radiators is necessary in order to release any air that has become trapped inside them. When air becomes trapped in a radiator, it prevents the spread of heat throughout the structure and subsequently throughout the room as a whole, therefore reducing the efficiency of your energy spend. You can bleed your radiators yourself, and it can vastly improve the efficiency of your entire heating system. That means a warmer home and cheaper energy bills.
Not sure how to do it? Follow our step-by-step guide.
Setting your heating
If you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills you may be wondering if it is more energy-efficient to leave your heating on all the time or to turn it on and off as required. In general, you will use more fuel (and therefore money) in constantly maintaining the temperature of your home, rather than just setting it for when you'll regularly need it.
A better option could be to invest in a smart thermostat for total control of your heating wherever you are.
Additionally, it's worth noting that lowering your house's average temperature by just a single degree can save around £80 a year.
Save energy where you can
From keyholes to letterboxes, skirting boards to loft hatches, there are dozens of ways cold air is creeping in and dragging down the temperature of your home. So, if you’re finding that turning up the thermostat just isn’t staving off the cold, get draught-proofing your home — make the most of the heating you've paid for and don't let it creep out of any gaps.
Additionally, follow these further tips.
Sending meter readings
Avoiding estimated bills from your energy supplier unfortunately requires regular meter readings. Sending these readings allows your supplier to know how many more kilowatts of electricity or gas you've used since the last time you sent a reading. As a whole, they'll allow you to see how much you're spending and, crucially, prevent your supplier from estimating what you've used and potentially overcharging you.
Smart meters are being rolled out for free across the whole country and, though they're not without their controversies, they should put an end to these manual readings. They'll show you exactly what you're spending and what you're spending it on, allowing you to make adjustments accordingly.