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How to reduce your energy bill fast

Saving energy can hard given our lives revolve around technology. We must do everything possible to make our power use more efficient and keep energy bills down. Here is the short list to help you identify the biggest perpetrators:

  1. Upgrading to LED light bulbs

    One of the easiest, cheapest ways to reduce your energy bill is by changing your lightbulbs. If you are still using the older, incandescent lightbulbs, upgrading them to LED will immediately provide results.

    LED bulbs are up to seven times more efficient and can last more than 50 times the length of regular incandescent bulbs; the best part is that you can get them for as little as two pounds each.

    Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay
    Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay
  2. Heating controls

    Are you making full use of your heating controls? If you have thermostatic radiator valves you can turn off or reduce the heating in rooms you aren’t using to keep costs down.
    If you are going to be out for an extended period of time is also worth turning the heating either down or off to avoid any wasted heat. If that is still not enough, you may be able to get support from local councils through schemes.

  3. Unplug any unused appliances

    It may seem obvious at first, but even an unplugged phone charger can still draw wasteful energy, so it is important that you completely unplug it.
    If you don’t want to completely unplug certain devices such as TVs or game consoles, turn on the power-saving settings to avoid them using up more energy in standby mode.

  4.  Spend less time in the shower

    Whilst taking your time in the shower can feel relaxing, electric showers are one of the biggest culprits of energy usage, not just water. You can buy sand timers with suction cups that count down the longest amount of time you should be spending during the shower.

    Image by tookapic from Pixabay
    Image by tookapic from Pixabay
  5. Boil the kettle less often

    Whilst a good cup of tea may seem harmless, the heating element in kettles can draw a lot of electricity. Boiling water in the microwave is a can be a more efficient way of heating if you are boiling large quantities. Just be sure not to boil too often or use a container such as a thermal flask if you want to maximise energy savings.

  6. Insulation

    Having your loft, walls or windows insulated is a good way to save energy, as your house can hold the heat far better. If you have enough money, and your house is not already insulated, it is something to seriously consider. It can also reduce condensation and stop the growth of mould on the walls.

    Although it typically has a high cost, there are some ways around it. Some councils will offer money to help you get your house insulated, or if you live in council housing they may do it for you.

Generally doing some of these simple tips can help dramatically reduce your energy bill. Whilst bills will still cost more than a few years ago, keeping efficient with your energy usage is the best workaround, otherwise get help from the government.


Credit & Copyright of Featured Photo by Thomas Vitali