How to Cut Your Energy Bill

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How to Cut Your Energy Bill Photo by Colin Armstrong

With rocketing fuel prices affecting many households across the UK, homeowners must consider ways in which they can save energy. While control the prices of energy suppliers, we can suggest a few useful ways to cut heating bills.

Install Electric Heating : The first thing you should consider to reduce your energy bill is electric heating. If you have storage heaters in your home, replace them with electric radiators; if you have a gas central heating system, trade it in for an electric heating boiler.

Swapping gas for electricity might not seem like an obvious way to save on heating bills, especially given the fact electric is more expensive; however, both electric boilers and radiators are more efficient than gas alternatives (100% efficiency compared to 90% efficiency for the best gas boilers) and turn every kWh of electricity in a unit of heat.

Panel heaters and electric radiators also feature built in thermostatic controls that allow heating to be set according to preferences. This level of control means that you only ever use the heat you need.

Turn Down Your Thermostat : Regardless of your choice of heating system, turning town your thermostat is great way to save cash. According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing room temperatures by just 1°C can cut heating bills by around £75 a year.

In addition to turning heating down a notch, you can make further savings by leaving panel heaters switched off in rooms that you’re not using. Panel heaters and electric radiators heat rooms very quickly so you will not need to worry about pre-warming a room before you enter.

Insulate your Home : The Energy Savings Trust estimates that a well-insulated home can save you up to £250 a year. Two hundred and seventy millimetres insulation in loft space, along with professionally installed cavity wall insulation will greatly help in reducing the amount of heat that escapes the home and make electric boilers even more effective.

Stop Draughts : If you are investing in insulation to stop heat loss, itmakes sense to look at ways to stop draughts too. Draught-proofing strips around window frames and doors, a cap over the chimney and sealant around skirting boards will help you save as much as £50 on heating bills.

Replace Light Bulbs : Swapping incandescent light bulbs for energy saving ones is an easy way to save £60 on energy bills. Where a traditional light bulb has a lifespan of around 1,000 hours, an LED bulb can last for up to 25,000 hours.

With the right bulbs in place, another simple tip to save energy is turn out lights when they are not in use. When you leave a room, make a habit of turning out lights and closing doors.

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