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How To Save Money On Your Energy Bill

Posted on 01 Apr 2015 by Sophie Wakeham

How To Save Money On Your Energy Bill

Making a monthly saving on your energy bill can be one of the biggest ways to cut back on your overall yearly expenditure. Furthermore it can be a very easy process, don't worry I'm not about to suggest you sit in candlelight wrapped in blankets to stay warm, the reality is in fact far less extreme! I'm going to outline three areas in which you can make some subtle changes which are not only environmentally friendly, but budget friendly too.

1. Lighting

As you go about your home its a good idea to keep in mind how many lights are switched on. During the day try and break the habit of turning the lights on as you enter a room, if it's a bright day open the curtains and utilise the natural light instead. If this isn't an option however, simply remember to turn lights off as you leave each room and don't leave side lamps on all day. You should also choose wisely when purchasing lightbulbs, everyone loves a bargain but take care to remember that you don't want to sacrifice quality for price. Rather than buying the cheaper incandescent bulbs that last around 1,000-2,000 hours and lose around 80% of their energy producing heat rather than light, you should invest in CFL's (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) or LED lightbulbs which run far more efficiently and last longer. CFL's can last between 6,000-15,000 hours and produce far less heat, LED's are slightly more expensive but can last up to 50,000 hours and produce practically no heat at all. It's a worthwhile investment to avoid having to repurchase the cheaper substandard bulbs time and time again; you'll save money in the long-term.

2. Heating

Although its nice to wander around a warm house in a t-shirt everyday of the year, it will certainly burn through a whole heap of cash. So the easiest step you can take is dressing sensibly for the temperature, wear a few more layers and you'll be able to turn the heating down. Obviously during winter you'll have to turn the heating on, but to cut down try to shut the doors to rooms you're not using and simply heat the rooms you spend the majority of time in, sealing the heat in. At night its a good idea to shut the curtains in every room of the house, not just the bedrooms as this will also help to keep the heat in. Finally you should always avoid setting your thermostat above 20 degrees, did you know it's estimated that for every degree you go over 20, you could be adding around 10% to your heating bill.

3. Electrical Appliances

Finally you should give some thought to how long you leave electrical appliances switched on or charging. Leaving gadgets such as the TV on stand by is a very common mistake which will mindlessly add to your electricity bill. You should try and get into the habit of turning off electrical appliances before leaving the house or going to bed. To speed this process up use a power board that several appliances can be plugged into meaning you can switch them all off at the flick of a switch. The same goes for chargers; they still use electricity even when they're not attached to an appliance so when your phone's finished charging unplug it from the wall.

Sophie Wakeham

Sophie Wakeham

Content Wizard

Sophie is our content wizard. She is passionate about brand marketing, growth hacking and creating engaging and informative content.