We all know the big issue is the rising energy costs and household bills. These prices continue to go up and up every day.
The UK has seen many people struggling to afford this massive increase. We are seeing increases of 50% in some general bills, and there is no longer such thing as the best available rate.
With there now being no cheap alternatives, we are all forced to have to pay the price. Many of us will have to cut back on what we use. Maybe this will help us be more eco friendly and waste less?
There are a few things you can do to save on general bills and costs; here are some below:
Turn off standby appliances
- Turning appliances off at the wall can save you an average of £30 a year.
- You can invest in plush sockets that your phone can turn on and off and schedule time for these to be off. For example, at night, when people are sleeping.
Install smart thermostat
- You can choose the rooms to heat.
- It tracks the time it takes to heat your room.
- It can be controlled by your phone.
- Mire control over the temperature of the house.
Turn down your thermostat
- Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree could save £80 a year! It is very unlikely to notice this temperature change.
Buy efficient appliances
- Invest in high-efficiency appliances when swapping them out.
- Modern dishwashers, on average, cost £7 less a year than older ones.
Install new boiler
- updating a G rated boiler to an A-rated boiler could save you up to £300 a year.
Invest in double glazing
- Double glazing will help insulate your home from the cold, which will keep your home warmer.
- This will help reduce your heating bills.
Check the tariff
- Check other available tariffs as there may be cheaper ones available. You can use comparison sites for this.
Turn the lights off
- If you’re not in a room, turn the light off.
- Is the room light enough without the light? For example, could you turn it off during the day?
- Do you need the fairy lights and cosy lamps on all day?
- They are more expensive to buy but cheaper to run and have a better life expectancy.
- Block any games in the doors or house to prevent draughts from making the house chilly.
- Save you money on heating.
Don’t overfill the kettle
- Boiling more water than you need will take longer and use more energy to do so.
Be smart about water
- Wash up with a washing up bowl and not a running tap.
- Use an efficient showerhead to save water.
- Buy a shower timer to reduce the time everyone spends in the shower. For example, cutting one minute off your shower can save up to £7 a year.
Wash clothes at a lower temperature
- The lower your temperature is, the less it will cost you on energy.
- Cutting out one washing cycle a week can save you £5 a year.
Hang it up
- During the warmer months, dry your washing outside. Not only will it smell fresh, but you won’t have to waste energy on the tumble dryer.
- Popping tumble dryer balls into your dryer keeps the clothes separated and will help to dry them out even quicker, meaning you won’t have to use the machine for as long.
- The eco cycle on your machine may be longer, but it will cut costs and be more efficient.
- It is cheaper to make meals from scratch and a lot healthier. It can cost you the price to make your fresh tomato paste than using a pre-made one.
Stock up on staples
- Staple foods like rice and pasta are very cheap.
Night food shopping
- Going later at night to do your food shop means you can grab all the latest yellow sticker discounts saving you money.
Put a lid on it
- It is much quicker to boil water with a lid on it. By doing this, you will also save a lot of money.
- As you know, cooking your dinner in the microwave is much faster than using an oven, so less electricity is used.
None of these will change the price of the electricity units, but some may at least help reduce the overall costs. This will help reduce your bills and lead you to a less wasteful and more sustainable lifestyle.