Energy efficiency has become more and more important in recent years, mainly because of the continued increase in energy rates. In fact, your household bill has doubled since 2004 and by 2020 experts predict it’ll double again.
There has already been fierce debate in Parliament, with Labour leader Ed Miliband pledging a freeze on price hikes if he is elected into power. But you don’t have to wait for this. Instead, with our tips you can save energy usage and reduce those expensive bills.
If you don’t already have them, then energy saving light bulbs are a good starting place for those wanting to reduce bills. They use an incredible 80% less electricity than normal bulbs and also have a much longer life expectancy – up to 10 times in some instances.
Another tip you’ve probably heard before but not taken much notice of, is to stop leaving your appliances on standby. When they’re on standby they’re still drawing electrical power and wasting your money. Get into the habit of switching them off completely.
Surprisingly, becoming more efficient with your kettle can save you quite a bit too. Instead of filling it right up, just boiler the amount of water you need. You’ll save on both electricity and water.
If you feel your energy bills are over inflated, then it could mean you need to invest in a replacement boiler. If your current boiler is over 10 years old or has been playing up a lot recently, replacing it with a condensing model can save up to £310 a year. You’ll enjoy a more efficient home and cheaper bills too.