We’ve talked about ways you can cut your energy bill by hundreds of pounds every year for free. Here are some energy-saving techniques that won’t break the bank but will save you money if you’re willing to spend a little on home improvements.
LED lights cost more than the traditional incandescent bulbs but they’ll last longer and use less electricity ultimately saving you money on your electricity bill.
Draught proof those windows and doors
Older homes are particularly bad when it comes to draughts. It’ll cost you more money to keep you house warm if heat is escaping through windows and doors. Be more energy efficient by going to B&Q or a local DIY store and buying draught-proof strips for your windows and doors to help keep heat inside your home. Also, have a look around to find any other areas of your home where draughts can be a problem such as the roof hatch leading to your loft and draught-proof those areas as well.
Switch your inefficient appliances for energy efficient devices
Now I’m not telling you to take your washing machine to the tip if it’s in perfect working order. But, as you replace old appliances, think about energy efficient alternatives. They may cost more upfront but will save you money in the long run. When buying new appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, kettles, dishwashers, televisions and fridge-freezers, look at their energy-efficiency rating to get an idea of their performance.
The best way to decide on a new energy efficient appliance is by comparing various models. But the savings are significant and worth thinking about. For example, if you’re buying an electric oven with a A+ efficiency rating, you’ll need about 40% less energy to power it than an oven rated “B”.
Buy a more energy efficient shower head
Cutting the amount of time you spend in the shower could save the average person £30 per year on their energy bills but you can enhance this saving by installing an energy efficient water-saving shower head too.
Get a smart metre
Energy providers are installing these for free so check with your provider to see if you can get one installed. Smart metres let you check how much electricity you’re using instantaneously. They’re a great way to make you more aware of how appliances use electricity and the burden they are placing on your energy intake. By recognising which appliances use most energy, you’ll seek ways to reduce use by, for example, only boiling the amount of water you need for a coffee, using the washing machine only when you have a full load, and turning lights off when you exit a room.
Spend a few extra quid and get a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats can cost a few hundred pounds but can save you that in a single year and start delivering value in their second year of use. The Energy Saving Trust suggests households get room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves in homes to deliver savings of up to £165 per year.
Smart thermostats also allow to use your mobile phone to turn on central heating in order for you to better control your use. It’s great to set the timer to turn the heating on an hour before you get home from work to be greeted by a warm house when you walk in. But what happens if you’re held up or you change plans and don’t come home at your usual time. You house might be warm but there’s no one in it. Via a smart thermostat you can switch your heating on and off from wherever you might be.
Add roof and cavity wall insulation
Through better insulation, less heat is lost through the roof. That puts less burden on your heating system to maintain warmth throughout the house. In a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house, you could save £200 a year on your energy bills with the installation of 270mm of loft insulation.
Get a new boiler
Boilers are expensive but a new, efficient boiler will save you money on your energy bills over time. Indeed, new boilers come with modern gizmos like thermostatic radiator controls and individual room thermostats which give you better control over the way you heat your home. Upgrading to a new A-rated condensing boiler from a G-rated boiler in a typical detached house could, based on 2016 prices, save over £300 per year.