How to make your energy affordable at home

Being energy efficient is at the forefront of all our minds as we become acutely aware of the need to save our planet. To become more energy efficient, we need to make our appliances work harder for us whilst draining less resources and saving money.

By Raman Sadhu

The typical British home could save around £400 a year on their energy bills by taking simple measures such as:

  • Turning off lights and appliances when they’re not in use
  • Insulating the loft
  • Turning the thermostat down by as little as 1-2 degrees
  • Bleeding the radiators at least once a year
  • Delaying the dishwasher and washing machine to turn on during more economical periods of the day or night
  • Only boiling the kettle with enough water for what you need
  • Fitting an efficient showerhead to reduce water usage

Choosing the right provider

Have a shop around to see where you can cut costs and reduce your energy bills. Using a renewable energy provider would be a double win as you would be helping the planet too!

Replace your boiler

Your boiler accounts for over half of your energy bill. That’s more than all of your other electrical appliances combined! If you haven’t had a boiler replaced in the last ten years, trading it in for a newer, more efficient model will save you money in the long term.

Insulate your roof and walls

Most of our home’s heat loss is through the roof. On average, insulating your roof would cost around £300-£400, but it would save you money in the long term. Again, with your walls, cavity wall or solid wall insulation could save you up to £260 annually.

Solar panels

As solar energy has started to become more competitive, so has its prices. There are also government grants in place to help you create a more energy-efficient home. Be sure to look up the ‘Green Homes Grant’ to help their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills.

Stop draughty windows

A cold breeze slipping into your home during winter nights is far from ideal. You may feel as though you are literally throwing money out of your window as you begin to crank the heating up. Investing in double glazed windows will save you money and any outdoor noises that might penetrate your windows.