9 Clever Ways for to Lower Your Energy Bills

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With energy prices on the rise, many households in the UK are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. Making some simple changes around your home can help lower your energy usage and costs. Follow these easy tips to start saving money on your energy bills.

1. Adjust Your Thermostat

One of the easiest ways to lower your energy bills is to adjust your thermostat settings.

Turning down your thermostat just 1 degree Celsius can cut your heating costs by up to 10%. Set your thermostat to 18-21°C while you’re home and awake.

When you’re asleep or away, turn it down another 3-5 degrees. Programmable thermostats make this adjustment easy by allowing you to set different temperatures for different times of day.

2. Replace Old Appliances

Old, inefficient appliances use significantly more energy than newer models.

If your refrigerator, washing machine or other major appliances are over 10 years old, replacing them with an Energy Star certified model can make a big difference.

Newer appliances incorporate technology that allows them to run on much less energy. The higher upfront cost is recouped over time in energy savings.

3. Switch Off Standby Power

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Many appliances continue to draw power even when switched off or in standby mode. This phantom or standby power accounts for up to 10% of the average household’s electricity use.

Combat this by unplugging appliances when not in use or using a standby power strip that allows you to cut power with the flip of a switch.

4. Change Light Bulbs

Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with LEDs can reduce lighting costs by a whopping 75%. LEDs use up to 90% less electricity and last years longer.

The upfront cost is higher but switching 5-10 bulbs to LED can save £40-£80 per year.

5. Get Solar Panels Installed

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Installing solar panels allows you to generate your own renewable electricity and reduce grid reliance.

Costs have dropped 60% in the last ten years, making solar more affordable, combined with solar panel efficiency improvements over the years.

With solar subsidies and the Smart Export Guarantee, you can even get paid for unused electricity exported back to the grid. A typical 4kW system covers around 40% of an average home’s needs. 

6. Draught Proof Your Home

Blocking draughts can make your home more energy efficient. Use draught excluders on your doors and window seals on windows. Fill floorboard and skirting board cracks with caulk.

Letterbox brushes and chimney balloons prevent heat from escaping through those openings. A few simple draught-proofing projects can save £25-£100 annually.

7. Take Shorter Showers

Heating water accounts for around 25% of a home’s energy use. You can reduce your hot water costs by taking shorter showers of 4 minutes or less.

Switching to water efficient showerheads can also help cut hot water usage. When you do bathe, plug the tub before turning the hot water on so you only heat the amount needed.

8. Wash Clothes on a Cooler Setting

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Using cooler washing machine settings like 30°C for your laundry can reduce machine energy usage by over half. Most detergents today clean effectively at cooler temperatures.

Just make sure to pre-treat any stains first. Hanging clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer can also help you cut energy costs.

9. Turn Off Lights

One of the simplest ways to reduce your electricity bill is to turn off lights when you leave a room. Switching to energy-efficient LED lighting also helps since you’ll be using less power, but manually turning lights off makes a difference. Encourage kids to do the same in their rooms.

With some effort, it is possible to significantly reduce your home energy usage and costs. Following these tips will help lower your bills and shrink your carbon footprint. What energy savings steps will you try first in your home?

  • Greener Ideal Staff

    Greener Ideal helps you live your life in more sustainable ways with green living tips and commentary on the latest environment news. We want to protect the planet and reduce our collective carbon footprint.

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