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How to make your home more energy efficient.

It’s important to feel comfortable at home. But let’s face it, we still need to keep tabs on how much we’re spending. Little changes can make a big difference. Here are some tips to help you save money and energy without giving up your home comforts.

Working from home

Most of us are finding we’re spending more time at home as a result of the covid pandemic. For some, having to work remotely could mean savings, more time to ourselves, although we’re probably using more energy than we typically would.

  • Only fill the kettle for the amount of cups you need. Not only will it boil much faster, you’ll be able to get back to your desk, or daytime TV, quicker. 
  • It sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people leave lights on in rooms they’re not even in. Take a second look before you leave and switch them off to save money.

Let there be light

Lighting makes up around 10-20% of a typical electricity bill. You should be looking for ways to reduce this bill and save yourself money. Thankfully, there are some really easy ways to do so.

  • Best form of lighting is daylight. It’s energy efficient and, best of all, it’s free.
  • Invest in energy saving bulbs. They use 80% less electricity and last about 10 times longer than regular bulbs.
  • Invest in timers, so your lights come on at appropriate hours.

A shrewd investment

While advising you to spend money may seem off topic, you will save money in the long run. Investing in solar panels, insulation, or a regularly serviced boiler will save you money over time and instantly reduce your bills. Also, there is an opportunity to actually earn money through your investment.

  • Your walls are responsible for a third of your heat loss each year. Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation can help save up to £265 off your energy bill.
  • Solar panels are a great investment and work perfectly on slightly cloudy days. You could save up to £850 each year and make money by selling the surplus back to the grid. If you have solar panels, sign up to our Microgen tariff today.
  • Have your boiler serviced regularly. Making sure it’s working at its best, which not only means that it’s safer, but that it’s as efficient as possible.

Cooking up a storm

Whether you’re a maestro of the microwave or a master chef, you probably spend some time in the kitchen. Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of energy wasted in your kitchen.

  • If you’re using the oven, try to bake a few meals at the same time.
  • Once you’re done, leave the oven door open.
  • Put a lid on your saucepans whenever possible.

Small changes make a big difference

Why spend any more on your electricity bills than you need to? You don’t need to make sweeping changes to your lifestyle to save some money. Some subtle tweaks to your daily routine will help you save energy, which is great news for your bank balance.

  • Feeling a bit nippy? Put on your fluffiest jumper and curl up under a blanket. You will be less tempted to put the heat on.
  • Even turning down your thermostat by just 1°C could save up to 10% on your heating energy bill.
  • Take advantage of online billing via Energy Online. Giving you more control over your account, saving you up to £60 per year.

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