The cost of living has been climbing to new heights since 2021 with the rate of inflation reaching its peak in July 2022 for the first time in 40 years! This has had a huge impact on our affordability of services, such as our gas and electric energy bills. With Winter fast approaching, we are all seeking ways to reduce our outgoing costs, so we thought we’d share a few tips based on our research.
Tip 1: Turn your thermostat down by 2 degrees
By lowering the temperature output of your heating system by 1 or 2 degrees each use, means that you won’t feel a difference temperature wise, however your finances will notice a difference with a potential saving of up to £100 per year.
Tip 2: Utilise your microwave
With an average cost of 17p per use, compared to a gas hob, which is approximately 65p per use, it may be wise to utilise your microwave more for quick eats such as rice, or steaming vegetables.
Tip 3: Avoid using your tumble dryer
By air drying your clothes and avoiding tumble drying you are not only reducing your carbon footprint, but can save up to £60 a year on your energy bills. As we go into winter, you may not be able to get much use out of your washing line, but if you already have your heating on in the house, why not utilise it to help dry your clothes?
Tip 4: Switch to LED lighting in your home
Traditional bulbs have been proven to be very inefficient after the introduction of modern LED bulbs. And now with the addition of Smart LED lighting, you can save energy by turning them on and off remotely.
Tip 5: Be careful with your kettle
We all love a hot cuppa in the winter, morning through to night. But instead of filling your kettle for the day ahead – and your kettle having to heat a larger volume of water each time you fancy a cup, only fill the kettle with what you are going to need. It is a simple lifestyle change but can make a noticeable difference to your annual energy costs.
The tips we have offered are simple and effortless lifestyle changes that will all make a difference to your energy costs.