Gas and electricity bills have soared over the last five years, according to Ofgem the average gas and electricity bill for a family living in a three-bedroom house is now around £1500. With our fuel bills going through the roof and the cost of every day living rocketing too, there are many things that you can do to try and save money on your heating bills. Millions of people throughout the UK are doing it so why not start saving yourself hundreds of pounds a year today.
In the past five years our gas and electricity bills have risen by a shocking 51% so as a simple money saver you can carry out a free home energy check by going to the energy saving trust website, http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk, where you will receive a report telling you how you can actually begin making the £250 a year saving on your household energy bills. Below are a range of energy saving tips that will help reduce your heating bills instantly.
Switch Suppliers: Astonishingly 47% of households in the UK have never switched their energy supplier, according to research carried out by the University of East Anglia. This is a no-brainer and so simple to do, yet it can still save you up to £100 a year on your heating bills. Savings depend on which supplier you are with at present, how much fuel you use and what method of payment you use. You can find out the easiest way to switch by contacting Energywatch, the independent watchdog for gas and electricity consumers. They will offer you free advice and they have a helpline, 08459 060708, once you do this you can then go to a price comparison website and work out which supplier is best for you. One of the best websites for this is http://www.uswitch.com
Upgrade Your Hot Water and Heating System: You could save up to £200 a year by changing your boiler to a new high efficiency condensing boiler that has heating controls. Websites such as http://www.boilers.org.uk will provide you with the information on different boilers and how they compare in efficiency. Heating controls, such as a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, are important when you want to save money because they keep your home warm when you want it to but they also switch off when you don’t.
Reduce Your Heating Bills: Sounds easy doesn’t it, but it is. Simply turn your thermostat down by just 1C and this cuts your heating bills by up to 10%. This simple act alone saves you £40 on your heating bills every year. Other simple ways are closing your curtains when the sun goes down, this will stop any heat within your home escaping through the windows. Don’t keep your furniture up against radiators, as you want the heat to come into your room and not be blocked. Open any doors with rooms which get the most sunlight, this is the cheapest way of reducing your heating bills and warming up your home. Opening the doors with sunny rooms allows the warm air to circulate your home rather than simply having it trapped in the one room. Another tip is to turn your water temperature down, you don’t need scalding water for domestic purposes so reducing the cylinder thermostat to 60C is adequate and also saves you money. Fix any dripping hot water taps you may have because they waste energy, just one single tap will waste enough water within a week to full half of a bath alone. Your domestic appliances can be a drain on your heating bills, if you have a washing machine, dish washer or tumble dryer use an economy programme or half load cycle if it’s not full. A 30C wash is fine for most items and will save you three quarters the cost of the hottest cycle on your machine. The same applies to your kitchen kettle; only boil as much water as you need at one time.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances: Products now have to meet a certain standard and come with the “Energy Saving Recommended” logo. These appliances will be cheaper to run as they offer ratings. “A” is the best rating and the most energy efficient and the “G” is the least energy efficient. However appliances such as refrigerators can have a rating of A++. These products can be searched on the energy saving trust website on the Energy Saving Recommended database.
Don’t Waste Electricity: Change your light bulbs to energy saving ones as this can save you a great deal of money. Just one light bulb can save you £60 over its lifetime because they last up to ten times longer than an ordinary light bulb. Switch lights off when you leave a room and the same applies to TVs and computers. Mobile phones and toothbrushes don’t need to be constantly charged either.
Insulate Your Loft And Draught Proof Your Windows: 15% of your heating will escape through your loft if it is not properly insulated, it acts like a blanket as it traps heat from the house below. You can do this yourself and it is a very effective way of reducing your heating bills, just by installing loft insulation you could save £110 a year on your heating bills. Also draughts and poor ventilation mean that 20% of your heat is lost in a typical home. Remedy this by buying sealants and foams from your local DIY store, which will save you £20 a year on your heating bills.
Cavity Wall Insulation: If your home does not have cavity wall insulation then you will be losing a third of all heat through the walls alone. Simply by insulating them you will cut your heating bills by £90 a year and it only takes a professional two to three hours to carry out the work.
Make Sure You Have Double Glazing: Heat loss in your home can be cut by half if you have double glazing fitted throughout your home, saving you between £80 and £100 a year on your heating bills. Make sure that you look for the Energy Saving Recommended sign when choosing your windows.
Get Your Boiler Serviced Regularly: Don’t wait for a crisis to happen in your home if your boiler breaks down, simply by having it regularly serviced you will not face hefty call-out charges costing hundreds of pounds. Boilers tend to break down on weekends and bank holidays when call-out charges are doubled or even trebled so avoid this at all costs. A boiler that is running efficiently will help your heating bills stay lower.
Simply by acting on the procedures mentioned above will allow you to significantly reduce your heating bills and save you thousands of pounds. Millions of people are carrying out these procedures to save money so why not join them and start saving money on your heating bills today.