Are you worried about your energy bills skyrocketing over the next few months? Use our top tips to keep them to a minimum.
Use a comparison website
Can you be certain that you are on the best energy tariff? If the answer is no, then we highly recommend using a comparison website to find the best deal on your gas and electricity rates. It’s more than likely that you’ll find a much better plan that will help you save a significant amount of money each year. There’s no need to worry about switching to a new tariff, it’s all very straightforward.
Pay your bills online
Homeowners can make serious savings on their energy bills, simply by changing the way they pay them. Most energy companies now reserve their best deals for their online customers, so if you have access to the Internet, make sure you use it.
You’re also likely to find that you will receive a big discount just by opting to pay by monthly direct debit. Some energy companies may also give you a discount for opting to view your energy bills online, rather than receiving them in the post. All of these small savings soon add up, so it’s well worth taking advantage of them.
Only heat your home when necessary
If you’re going out for the day, then you won’t really need your central heating or hot water on, as no one will be there to benefit from it. We recommend investing in a timer so that your heating only comes on when you need it to. Make sure you also turn off the radiators in any rooms that you are not using and keep all windows and doors shut when the heating is on.
Draught proof your home
One of the easiest ways to make energy savings is to draught proof your home. According to the Energy Saving Trust you can make savings of £55 a year just by investing in some cheap materials to seal your windows, doors, loft hatches and pipework. Whilst you’re at it, we recommend sealing your letterbox, as this is one of the main culprits for letting out heat in the autumn and winter. It’s also an area that people often forget to draught proof!
Wear your winter woollies
Many people use far much more energy than they need to, simply because they insist on walking around in a t-shirt in the middle of winter! By simply putting on a cardigan or jumper, you will find that you can lower the temperature of your home and shave off around 10% of your heating bill. That can make a huge difference in the long run.
Remember to read your meter regularly
People often end up paying much more than they need to for their energy bills, as they go on the estimates given by their suppliers. If you are looking for a way to cut down your bills, we recommend reading your meter regularly, so your bills will be based on accurate readings. You should be checking your meter at least once every three months and informing your supplier using your online account. If you’ve been overpaying and have a lot of credit on your account, you can ask your supplier to give you some money back.
Upgrade your boiler
Swapping your old boiler for a newer model can dramatically cut your energy bills in the long term, with savings as much as £240.00 per year. Make sure you get quotes for a new boiler so you secure a reasonable price – the same goes for installation. Feel free to get in touch with Priory Gas Heating. We will be able to advise you on boiler installations and provide you with a no obligation quote.