After all the Christmas spending, is it time to start cutting back in the new year? You don't have to be paying so much for your energy bills and small changes can make a big difference. While big things such as installing a brand new boiler, getting a smart thermostat and changing energy suppliers will all make huge differences- these take a lot of time and effort. We have listed some smaller tips for you to try out this year!
Switch appliances off
Rather than just leaving unused appliances on standby- actually begin to switch them off at the socket this year. This won't make any difference to your life but can save you around £30-£50 each year. To make this easier, why not try automatic plugs or plugs that can be controlled with a remote/smartphone app.
Turn down your thermostat
Switching your thermostat down by just one degree will hardly be noticeable, but could save you around £75 each year! This small change comes with big benefits.
Look for efficient appliances
Obviously, don't throw out the perfectly fine appliances you have now but, when it's time for an upgrade, look for ones that say they have good efficiency. They may cost a little more to start with but the savings will soon make this back.
Wash clothes at a lower temperature
Washing clothes at 30 degrees, instead of the usual 40, can be much cheaper- saving you up to a third. This can equal savings of around £50 a year! You should still occasionally use a hot wash, as it keeps your machine clean and healthy.
Take draught-proofing measures
This is particularly good for older properties, as they are likely to be showing more signs of wear and tear. Small things such as sealing cracks in floors and skirting boards can really help- and will stop you wanting to turn up the thermostat a degree or two. Draught excluders for around doors and windows are also great.
Monitor your energy usage
This is what a smart meter can do for you, but you can also do it for yourself. Keeping an eye on your spendings can show you where you may want to cut down and what eats away at your energy.
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