To get the most from your energy costs, make sure you and your household have got these five bases covered:
- 1. Switching your supplier
Before you do anything else to your home, this is quite possibly the easiest and most effective tip of all: compare energy deals to ensure you’re on the cheapest gas and electricity plan for your home.
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 — often their most expensive.
- 2. Bleeding your radiators
'Bleeding radiators' is when you let out air that has become trapped inside. Trapped air causes the radiators to have cold spots, reducing the efficicency of them. You can bleed your radiators yourself, and it can vastly improve the efficiency of your entire heating sytem.
That means a warmer home and cheaper energy bills.
Not sure how to do it? Follow our step-by-step guide.
- 3. 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.
However, in general, you will use more fuel and therefore money constantly maintaining the temperature of your home compared with 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, lowering your house's average temperature by one degree celcius can save up to £85 pounds a year.
- 4. 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:
- 5. Sending meter readings
Avoiding estimated bills from your energy supplier unfortunately requires regular meter readings. Pay too much, and they'll be holding a pot of your money; pay too little and you'll be in debt to them. 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.
What your meter looks like changes how you need read it.
Smart meters are being rolled out for free across the whole country, which will put an end to these manual readings.
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