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Simple Ways To Cut Down Your Energy Costs

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Unless you live in a cave, you’re probably paying energy bills. Generally considered a necessary expense, energy costs are often rising and you often hear of people being hit with expensive bills or struggling to pay for their gas and electricity consumption. It can be hard, especially for those of us trying to keep to a budget!

Whilst we don’t take living frugally to the extreme, we do try our best to save money where ever possible, and one of the things we are actually pretty good at is keeping our energy costs reasonably low.

Here are some energy saving ideas to lower energy costs:

Throughout your home…

  • Replace your lightbulbs

Switching conventional lightbulbs to LED bulbs will give you much more energy efficient lighting, and give you a significant saving per bulb over the course of its life.

  • Unplug your appliances

Don’t leave things on standby, as you’ll still be using energy. Switch things off at the wall, including things like mobile phone chargers when you’re not using them.

  • Turn down your thermostat

Turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree can save up to £75 a year!

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room

According to the Energy Saving Trust this alone will save around £15 a year on your energy costs.

  • Air dry laundry

Drying clothes outside and not using the tumble drier can save lots. Obviously it’s harder in winter but good for those warmer or windier days.

  • Only heat the areas you use

Turn off the radiators in rooms you’re not using.

  • Use smart controls 

Using a smart thermostat or thermostatic heating valves mean you much more easily control your heating, and can use timers to make sure you’re using your energy effectively.

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In the kitchen/utility…

  • Wash at a lower temperature

Washing at 30 degrees can make a significant difference as a lot of the energy used by washing machines is on heating up the water.

  • Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap

This could shave £25 a year from your energy bill.

  • Don’t boil more water than you need

If you’re making a cup of tea, only boil enough water for that cup.

  • Leave your oven door open after cooking to save the heat.
  • Use energy efficient appliances

I’m not saying rush out and change all appliances, but when it comes time to replace them, considering choosing appliances with a higher energy efficiency rating. When we moved house and needed to buy a fridge freezer and washing machine, we chose the highest energy rating we could get within our budget, and it has definitely helped make a difference.

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In the bathroom…

  • Take shorter showers

Taking showers is more efficient than having a bath, and shortening your shower time will also help use less water and energy. You could try using a shower timer to help. (Our bathroom light is set on a timer (for energy saving) so I always know if I’ve been too long because the lights go out!)

This will use less hot water while still giving you a powerful enough shower.

Switch Provider

An easy way to save money on the price of your energy bills is to switch provider. When your contract is up, don’t just let it renew, shop around for a better deal. Energy companies often have great introductory rates for new customers; you can use comparison sites to find a good deal.

Check for cashback too – you can often find a great cashback deal on a cheaper tariff too – win-win!

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3 Comments

  1. We had a drier when I was a kid but we never used it, so I have always air dried my laundry. The weather was so nice yesterday that I washed, dried and put away 3 loads!

    1. missmanypennies says:

      I have to admit, I LOVE my tumble drier(we did get an efficient one)! In winter, it makes life so easier than having washing everywhere and I try not to feel bad about using it. You’re right though, it’s lovely now being able to hang it out in the sunshine 🙂

  2. Great tips! Me and Tony do a lot of these too and they make such a huge difference x

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