Your energy bills may be a lot higher than normal this winter, thanks to rising energy costs across the globe. Switching from one energy provider to another used to be a smart money-saving strategy, but with all energy suppliers now offering similar rates, there aren’t any good deals to be found.
Thankfully, savings can be made by being smarter with your energy usage. Here’s our guide on how to save money on your energy bill.
Draught-proofing your home can be a surprisingly effective way to save money on your energy bills, whether you live in a house or a flat.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, blocking the gaps in your windows and doors could save you around £30 a year. Draught-proofing your chimney could save a further £20.
This may only be a small saving but if you do this alongside other things on this list, there’s an opportunity to make a big difference to your budget.
So how do you go about it? One of the easiest strategies is to use a draught excluder to block the cold air creeping in from gaps under doors. Alternatively, you could roll up a blanket or towel and use that instead. Not only can this prevent cold air from getting in, it can stop hot air escaping.
If you have an open chimney, buy a draught excluder for that too. Your living room should be so much cosier once it’s in place.
Hiring a professional to draught-proof your home can be worthwhile, especially if you struggle to keep your home warm, but it can be expensive too.
The microwave tends to be one of the most efficient tools in the kitchen for heating and cooking food.
This is because it’s relatively small in size compared to the oven and therefore any heat generated is used to warm a smaller space.
Use the microwave as often as possible but take caution if cooking meat in there.
You can find slow cookers for as little as £20 and they can be an absolute game-changer in the kitchen. They’re far more energy efficient than an oven and you can leave them plugged in while you go to work, the gym or tick a mountain of errands off your to-do list. When you get home, there’ll be a delicious meal waiting for you and it won’t have cost the earth.
If you’re using the oven, cook a few dishes at a time if possible. This can be a great way to save money while also meal-prepping for the whole week. Think about how much time you’ll save!
Using glass or ceramic dishes rather than metal trays can be more energy-efficient because they’re better at retaining heat.
Once you’ve finished with the oven, leave it open slightly so the hot air can escape into the room.
When boiling water on the hob, only use the amount of water you actually need to cover the amount of food being cooked. Excess water will slow down the process and cost more money.
Heat water in the kettle before transferring it to the hob. Avoid using a far bigger pan than you need. A bigger pan will take longer to heat up than a smaller one
Ditch the dryer
If you need your clothes in a hurry, the dryer is a no-brainer. If you can wait a couple of days before wearing your clean laundry, let your clothes dry naturally instead.
Not only can this save money on your energy bills, it should also make your clothes last longer too. Hanging your clothes up as soon as they come out the wash can save you having to iron them.
If your energy supplier provides customers with smart meters, it’s worth asking for one. A smart meter can help you identify exactly where energy is being used so you can make more energy efficient decisions.
You might be surprised at what you discover. For example, perhaps leaving appliances on standby has been making very little difference but your 20-minute showers are costing a bomb.
Sitting in a freezing cold house is no way to live, but there are ways to be tactical with your heating and save money.
Wrap up warm, use hot water bottles and bring your duvet to the sofa if you have to. If you’re still cold, turn the heating on but with the thermostat just a couple of degrees lower than usual. The difference can soon add up and lead to big savings over time.
There’s a widely held myth that it’s better to keep your heating on at a low temperature all the time rather than regularly turning it off and on again.
However, according to the Energy Saving Trust, in the long run, it’s better to only put it on when you need it. Setting a timer can be a smart move to make sure your house is warm when you get up in the morning but isn’t on all day when you’re at work.
Washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can save you a third on your washing bills. If your clothes are particularly mucky, they may need a hot wash, but most of the time you should get away with a cooler one.
There’s no point throwing out perfectly good appliances and trading them for energy-efficient ones, but when your kitchen items and white goods need replacing, look for alternatives with a high energy-efficiency rating.
An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.
Socialising can usually be quite expensive, but when it comes to saving money on your energy bills, spending time with friends and family could save you money.
If you and a friend or family member are each spending a night in the house alone, there’s no point in heating two places when you could just heat one! You could invite a group of your friends round for an evening, and save money on your energy bills every time you get invited to theirs.
This trick might not be as effective for those who live in large house shares where there’s always someone in, but there may be times when it works out.
If this post has helped you figure out how to save money on your energy bill, take a look at our other blog posts for more money-saving hacks.