This week is the Big Energy Saving Week!
It’s a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to switch to cheaper energy tariffs, check if they’re eligible for discounts and support, and sharing tips on how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your bills.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bill is by switching your tariff.
When switching energy tariff aim to choose one which prioritises renewable energy, these can still be amongst the cheapest. When switching to a green energy tariff your energy will still be supplied to you through the national grid, but the supplier will match the amount of energy you use with renewable energy added into the grid. Some green energy suppliers, such as Octopus Energy, also offer tariffs which use carbon offsetting to offset the energy you use.
Citizens Advice provides a helpful energy price comparison tool which is fully independent and allows you to compare the full market and choose the best energy tariff for you.
Tips to reduce your energy use
1. Switch off appliances on stand-by
A lot of appliances have standby settings when you leave them plugged in. Switching off appliances such as your TV, microwave, computer, speakers and games consoles can save a considerable amount of energy over time. You should also avoid leaving items on charge unnecessarily.
2. Opt for energy- efficient appliances
When buying new appliances look for the efficiency rating first. This is especially important for fridges and freezers which are constantly switched on. Efficient dish-washers and washer/ dryers will also save you a lot of energy and money in the long run.
3. Keep heat in
- Reduce draughts
Draught proof doors and windows using draught excluders and window seals. Also consider blocking unused chimneys with a damper.
- Double-glazing windows
Category B rated double glazing saves around £110-140 a year in heating costs for a typical detached home.
- Consider installing loft and wall cavity insulation
The average energy saving per year by using thick loft insulation is £175 with installation costs between £100-£350. Cavity wall insulation saves users £120 on average every year, with installation costs as low as £149, or free if you qualify.
- Close curtains at dusk.
4. Turn down your thermostat
By reducing your thermostat by just 1 degree you can achieve annual energy savings of around £60. Smart thermostats are also a great tool to save energy and can save you £75 a year. They work by only heating rooms you’re using, learning how long it takes to heat your home, and can be controlled by your phone so you can turn your heating off and on whenever it’s convenient for you.
5. Install a smart meter
Smart meters can be a great tool in cutting down your energy usage. They show you exactly how much energy you’re using at any time and how much it is costing you, allowing you to keep track and cut down.
Smart meters mean your provider no longer needs to estimate your bills, which can save you money, and you no longer have to provide meter readings. Smart meters also have no installation cost as this will be covered by your energy supplier.