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How to Spend Less on Energy Costs

Updated on February 22, 2013

With energy costs soaring ever higher, many of us are spending a small fortune on energy bills. Switching to a cheaper energy provider will bring some relief but you will only be able to make significant savings if you can find ways to use less energy in the first place. Here are some tips for cutting energy costs in your home.

Get your meter read regularly

Are your energy bills based on estimated readings? You could be paying more than necessary. Knowing how much energy you actually use is a key step in cutting back on your energy consumption.

Lower your thermostat

Even a slight adjustment to your thermostat can make a big difference to your heating bills.

Introduce draught excluders

Heat can escape through gaps, which can be avoided or significantly reduced via the use of draught excluders.

Don’t leave appliances on standby

You may not realize it, but electrical appliances can still use energy even when they are turned off. Make a point of switching appliances off at the wall or unplugging them altogether to ensure that they are not adding to your energy costs.

Consider energy efficient home improvements

Double glazing and cavity wall insulation are just two examples of home improvements that could make your home more energy efficient. If you do not already have them, you should strongly consider investing in energy efficient home improvements if your budget will stretch far enough.

Don’t boil more than you need

Avoid boiling a full kettle unless you will be using all of the water. If you are only making one or two hot drinks, it is much more economical to only partially fill the kettle.

Skip the tumble dryer

Drying clothes on the line whenever possible will save a huge amount of energy compared to using a tumble dryer.

Fit a water efficient showerhead

A more efficient showerhead can significantly reduce the amount of water that is wasted as you shower. This can lower your water bills.

Cutting energy costs in your home will require some degree of compromise but it can go a long way towards helping you to save money. To get big benefits, you may need to invest in energy efficient appliances and home improvements but savings can still be made without these measures.


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