Thursday, 1 August 2019

How To Lower Your Heating Bills And Save Money On Energy

Don't we all like saving money? There's always something new to buy or to save up for, and I find that the best ways to save money, regularly and consistently, is to think small. The small differences you can afford to make, here and there, will add up to a big difference and a nice sum of money over time.
* In collaboration with BOXT

One way you can do this is to think smarter about how you use energy and heat your home.

Here are five quick ideas for you, which could help you to lower your heating bills and save energy...


1.      Be efficient with your central heating.

One of the best ways to lower your heating bills is to use your central heating wisely. Boiler efficiency is essential. Your heating can contribute to around half of your energy bills each month, so using it only when needed will help you to reduce those costs.

Why not try scheduling your heating to come on once or twice a day for 20 minutes instead of leaving your heating on all day? Better still, reduce the temperature of your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees and see a decline in your bills each month. Instead of flicking the heating on when you start to feel a chill, you can always pull on a jumper or wrap up in a blanket to keep warm.

2.      Unplug your home.

We all should realise that electrical appliances left on standby can have a huge drain on your electricity, and therefore have an impact on your energy bill. 

When an appliance isn't in use, make sure to turn off and unplug it. This counts for all electricals, including TV’s, games consoles and ovens. To make this job even easier to do, use an extension cord to connect your appliances all in one place, so it’s much easier to simply flick a switch to turn off more than one thing at a time. 


3. Keep the warmth in

During the warmer months, it’s easy to forget about keeping your house properly protected from the elements. But now is a great time to do something about it - before the colder weather hits and you really need to get things sorted. 

Without proper insulation, air will escape from your house. If your home isn’t brand new, the chances are the cold, or warm, air is escaping through window seals, door frames, a poorly insulated attic or other such cracks. Draught-proofing and filling gaps will have a huge impact on both your energy bills and within the house itself!

A well-insulated house is crucial all year round and, in the summer, helps to keep the heat out and the cool air in. Insulating your home is a long-term investment that will pay off no matter the weather. 

4. Shed some light

Did you know that replacing a single standard bulb with an energy saving alternative can reduce your energy costs? Lighting is responsible for around 20% of an average household’s energy bill, so simply switching bulbs could have a large impact on your monthly bills. Not only will they help to cut costs, but energy saving bulbs last around 12 times longer than ordinary options.

Better yet, why not skip the lights altogether? Longer nights means more sun time, so why not open your curtains and relax in the evening sun? Natural light is good for you!

5. Take a cool shower

Opt for a cool shower this summer, rather than a hot one, and reap the benefits! Studies have shown that taking cold showers can help to alleviate depression and relieve pain while washing under cold water, and it’s also likely to decrease your time showering. 

Use these tips to lower your heating bills and save on your energy.

Taking some time to assess your home’s energy and heating needs should be a priority. Consider what you can change to be more efficient and wise with your money, and how you can improve your lifestyle.

You could also speak to an expert, like BOXT – a boiler and air conditioning installation company, who offer a super-fast turnaround and pride themselves on great customer service. They can provide advice and guidance on how to really save energy and how to choose the right boiler for you.

I know your thoughts are likely to be of sandy beaches right now, but your future self could be thanking you if you get your boiler sorted and your home heating habits into shape, before the winter comes around.


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