It’s that time of year again, January feels like there’s 100 days in the month & you’ve got £5 left in your bank account. Well, here are some cheap ways to get saving you money on your energy bills and keep your pennies in the bank this January.
Energy Performance Check (EPC)
Energy performance checks are a great way to work out where you could make savings on your bills. An EPC is usually associated with selling a property, as it is a requirement to have one carried out before you sell.
An EPC will tell you how energy efficient your home really is, and will make recommendations on how you can improve the energy efficiency of your property, which will save you money. Your home will be rated from ‘A’, which is the most efficient, to ‘G’, which is the least efficient, and each rating comes with practical changes you can make to make your home more energy efficient.
Switch energy providers
Switching energy providers is very easy to do these days, and they are all very competitive with their rates. A lot of providers have ‘recommend a friend’, so speak to your friends and colleagues to see who they’d recommend. You may be able to get some money for both of you by switching.
Energy efficient light bulbs
Change your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. There are a few on the market; LED (light emitting diodes) and CFL (compact fluorescent lamps). An energy saving light bulb can last up to 10 years and could save you around £9 a year on your energy bills, that’s nearly a £100 saving on one bulbs lifespan!
One of the common recommendations made by an EPC is insulation. This is because insulating your home is a great, cost effective way of making it much more energy efficient, and will help keep your heating costs low. There are a number of different types of insulation out there, from cavity wall insulation and loft insulation to external wall insulation, and depending on the specifics of your property, one or all of these may be useful in keeping the heat in and your bills down.
You may be eligible for insulation funding through the governments ECO scheme. To find out if you qualify for free cavity wall insulation or loft insulation.
Draught proofing windows and doors
You can lose a lot of heat from your home if your windows and doors aren’t sealed properly, by making these simple changes, you could save up to £20 a year and stop those cold draughts in your home. If you’re happy to ‘do it yourself’ there are a few measures you could us:
- Draught proof your window and door openings.
- Fit a letterbox brush.
- Install a keyhole cover to prevent drafts and keep the heat in.
Water savings tips – Save money on your water bill
You can waste up to 6 litres a minute from a running tap. A few simple steps could help you save money over the course of the year;
- Make sure that you don’t leave the tap running whilst your brush your teeth.
- Have a look at your taps and appliances to see if there are any drips or leaks.
- Use a washing-up bowl when you’re doing the pots. Don’t leave the tap running.
- Take a shower, instead of a bath.
- Only use what you need.
These are some of the simplest steps, to help get saving you money on your energy bills.