30 Ways To Cut Your Home Energy Bills

Many people think they pay too much for their energy bills. If that is the case for you, you might want to consider getting a new energy deal or switching to a new energy provider. There are, however, some other things you can do to save money on your energy bills that don’t require you changing the supplier. Below you can find a list of 30 of creative solutions. If you apply them to your daily life, you will notice that you’re saving money.

  1. Lower the temperature lower at night – many people tend to set the heating to a certain temperature and leave it on all the time. When you’re asleep, however, you don’t feel the cold as much as during the day. That’s why it’s a good idea to make the temperature lower before you go to bed.
  2. Insulate your house – insulation is extremely important as it prevents heat loss. The higher the R-value, the better.
  3. Use energy-efficient light bulbs – labels on all the light bulbs indicate how much energy it consumes. You should pick LED bulbs as they use the least power.
  4. Install solar panels – they allow you to generate electricity from the sun for free. Getting the panels set up can be expensive but after a few years, you will be better off using them instead of having regular electricity supplied.
  5. Take quick showers – you should always have a shower, not a bath. You should also control how much time you spend there. It is recommended to keep the duration of showers under 7 minutes for the lowest energy bills.
  6. Check the seals – you should make sure that the seals on your windows, doors, and appliances are not broken. Otherwise, you will be losing heat from the house and your devices will need to generate more power to work properly.
  7. Choose the right size of appliances – it’s better to have a small fridge or a small oven if you don’t live with a big number of people as they use less power.
  8. Only use the dishwasher when it’s full – it will use the same amount of water no matter how many things are inside.
  9. Buy a front load washing machine – if you have a machine that you load from the top you might want to consider switching to a newer model. The top-loading machines use 40% more water and 30% more electricity than front load ones.
  10. Wash your clothes in cold water – low-temperature cycles don’t use as much power to heat water so you should put your clothes on for example 30ºC.
  11. Use double or triple glazing – a lot of heat is lost through windows so that will help you keep the warmth inside.
  12. Use fans – they are a more cost-efficient choice than air conditioners.
  13. Do not put the heating on if the windows are open – otherwise, you are wasting hot air and money.
  14. Use natural light – during the day keep the curtains open to let the daylight in. Only turn the lights on if you actually need them.
  15. Switch the lights off – it’s easy to forget about turning the light off when we leave the room. Make sure you get in the habit of switching them off and you will quickly notice that your energy bills are lower.
  16. Open windows in the summer – instead of using air conditioning, you should open the windows and let the natural breeze cool the room.
  17. Turn your computer off – if you’re not using it for a while it’s better to turn it off rather than leave it in hibernation mode. This way the battery will last longer and you won’t need to charge it as often.
  18. Unplug chargers – sometimes even if a device isn’t connected but a charger is plugged into the socket it can be consuming energy.
  19. Use laptops – if you normally use a desktop, you might consider switching to a more portable laptop. They consume much less energy.
  20. Clean radiators – make sure there is no dust in them as it can make it difficult for them to properly warm up the room.
  21. Paint the walls in bright colours – they will not only reflect the natural light that comes in through the windows but will also make the room seem brighter even in the evening.
  22. Pick gas stoves over electric stover – they consume much less energy, therefore you will be paying much less for energy if you decide to install them in your kitchen.
  23. Keep the fridge full – food retains cold temperature inside. If the fridge is empty it has to use more power to achieve and keep low temperature.
  24. Use the right hob size – many people have their prefered hob that they use no matter what pot or pan they’re using. If, however, you use a big hob for a small pot you are wasting energy.
  25. Use energy monitors – they can tell you how much energy you’re using and which devices consume the most. Based on that you can think of a strategy to lower your energy usage.
  26. Use regular clothes airers – while you might wait a bit longer for the clothes to get dry if you use them instead of electric dryers, you will be able to save money. 
  27. Turn the heating off when you leave – even if you are only going to be away for an hour, it’s cheaper to turn the heating off and then back on again than leave it on all the time
  28. Use smart thermostats – they allow you to choose when you want the heating on and when it should be turned off.
  29. Wear warm clothes – if you put on a warm jumper, you might not need to turn the heating on.
  30. Only put cold food in the fridge – if you put warm things in there, the temperature inside will go up and the fridge will need to use more power to cool down.

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