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How to save £250 per year on your energy bill

As well as ensuring you’re on the best gas and electricity tariff available, the next easiest way to save money on your energy bills is to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. This means putting into place some simple energy saving tactics wherever possible.

Published 6 November 2013:

Energy expert Scott Byrom from energy comparison site ukpower.co.uk recently looked around a typical UK household and put together the following simple energy saving guide. Putting these steps into practice could save you approximately £247 per year.                                                                                                                                        

Kitchen

Don’t use two pans when you can use one – stack your veg into a steamer and cook on one hob rather than two. Saves £10 per year.

We Brits get through a lot of tea in a year but filling the kettle with just the water you need rather than to the brim will save you £8 per year.

Don’t rely on the oven - use the microwave more often. Using the microwave for half of your yearly meals rather than the oven will save you £26 annually.

Appliances

Leaving appliances on is something we all do. But leaving appliances such as televisions, phone chargers, set-top boxes, routers, computers and games consoles on standby rather than switching them off at the plug, is an unnecessary drain on electricity and costs UK households an extra £50 per year.

Turning the washing machine down to 30 degrees rather than washing at 40 and ensuring that you are washing a full load each time can save £13 per year.

Lighting

The average UK home has around 20 light bulbs. Replacing each of your old incandescent light bulbs for more modern LED bulbs can save around £3 per bulb per year. Plus LED bulbs last around 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Total saving £60 per year.

Thermostat

Eliminate draughts in your home by fitting draught excluders on the front and rear doors and plugging up any holes that are letting the air in. A good tip to find which areas of your home are letting in draughts is to hold a candle near doors and windows and see if they flicker. This will help you isolate draughty leaks. Once you’ve plugged all the gaps this should enable you to comfortably turn down you thermostat by 1 degree, saving around £65 per year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Radiators

Firstly, be sure to bleed radiators to release any internal air. Place a towel beneath the radiator valve and twist. Once the valve stops hissing and water starts leaking out, quickly tighten up the valve again. Doing this can save £10 per year.

Placing radiator foil behind each of your radiators will reflect heat back into the room and stop it being absorbed by your walls. This simple measure will save around £5 per year.

Total savings

By putting all of these energy efficiency measures in place the average UK home can expect to save a total of £247 per year on their energy bills. This is more than 10% of the average bill. If you want to check out the running costs of any other household items you can use this electricity running cost calculator.                                                                                                                                                                                

Meter readings

As well as improving the energy efficiency of your home it’s vital that you regularly provide meter readings to your energy supplier to ensure they don’t estimate your usage based on historic trends. If you don’t provide regular readings you could quickly build up debt on your account leading to issues financially and also in terms of being able to seek a better deal.                                                                                                                        

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