As any homeowner or landlord of buy to let property will tell you, domestic energy is expensive. In fact, we recently did a blog on this: How to improve the energy efficiency of your property.
Following on from that, here are some further tips and suggestions for saving money on those energy costs.
Save £200 a year by switching supplier
The average homeowner could be saving as much as £200 a year simply by switching energy suppliers.
The savings will be achieved by switching from the standard or default tariff which you will be charged if you have done nothing to change energy suppliers for some time. An estimated 11 million homes remain on those more expensive tariffs, rather than making a simple switch to a cheaper, more competitively priced, rate.
Save £75 a year by upgrading your heating controls
In our posting on the 9th of March 2021 about ways to improve the energy efficiency of your property, we noted the savings you may be able to make by installing the latest controls for your heating system.
Which? magazine estimates that simply installing a programmer, a room thermostat, and thermostatic radiator valves could save the average household around £75 a year on their energy bills – not to mention the environmentally friendly savings in some 320 kg a year in carbon emissions.
Save £70 a year easily
British Gas makes the point suggests several small changes to make to your domestic routines that can result in significant savings:
- fit energy-efficient bulbs (LEDs) and remember to turn the lights off whenever you leave a room – this combination of actions alone could end up saving you around £40 a year;
- don’t leave your gadgets – such as laptops, phones, or tablets – plugged in to constantly charge when you’re not using them since that is money on energy straight down the drain; and
- you could be wasting as much as a further £30 a year by leaving appliances – such as your TV – plugged in and on standby all the time.
Keep cool – efficiently
A trick highlighted by the American website Save on Energy encourages householders to cover or to keep in closed containers any drinks and food kept in the fridge.
That is because as food and drinks naturally release their moisture into the atmosphere, the compressor in your fridge has to work that much harder – and consumes more energy – to keep the steadily wetter air cold. If your food and drinks are kept in air-tight containers, therefore, no moisture is released – and your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard.
Sealable containers, of course, will avoid your having to use plastic film wrap, which you throw away afterwards, thus contributing to waste disposal problems.
Furniture and furnishings
Even the positioning of furniture and furnishings in your home can affect the amount of energy you need to consume to keep it warm.
That sofa pushed up hard against the radiator, for example, stops a lot of the heat from reaching the rest of the room. Move the sofa just an inch or two away from the radiator and you will immediately improve the circulation of warm air – allowing the whole room to become cosy and warm more quickly.
In the wintertime, you’ll have noticed that when the sun goes down, the heat begins to escape. Help to prevent it from escaping so quickly by closing the blinds or drawing the curtains – especially if they are covering draughty old sash window frames.
As you might expect, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CES) points householders in the direction of using natural, renewable, sources of energy.
The single biggest such source of natural energy comes from the sun, of course, and you can harness its power by hanging out your washing to dry on a sunny day, rather than turning on the tumble drier, investing in solar panels as an alternative source of energy for your property, and by enjoying the health-giving rays of sunshine on your bicycle rather than sitting in your car to go to the shops.
Landlords – consider an energy audit
If you are the landlord of a block of flats, lighting for the common areas and energy to power any lifts is likely to represent a significant expense.
When you are responsible for managing relatively high-use energy volumes such as this, suggests Utility Bidder, you might want to consider the benefits of a comprehensive energy audit. Through this you might satisfy yourself that the energy you consume is used in the most efficient ways possible and that any changes are made to secure more economic energy consumption.
We hope these further tips have given you some ideas of how you can cut energy costs around your home.