How to save money in your home
Save money on your household utility bills from adopting a few simple changes. Ways to save money using our energy conservation checklist:
1. Replace your bulbs with LED bulbs.
Saving = £240 per annum (medium sized house). Source: Telegraph.co.uk.
LED bulbs are cheaper than they have ever been and are available in most supermarkets or diy stores. Changing your lightbulbs for efficient LED bulbs is a quick easy way to reduce electricity consumption. Modern LED bulbs are actually up to 75% more efficient compared to traditional bulbs.
2. Top up the insulation in your loft space.
Often insulation levels in older properties are low. It’s well worth a quick attic inspection to understand the thickness of insulation. Today’s insulation level thickness should be 270mm, often meaning levels can be doubled or even tripled. Upgrading insulation levels can save £215 per annum (detached house).
3. Fix the drip.
Been putting off that leaky tap for a while? Well if you are on a water metre, the chances are you are paying for the water being wasted. The cost of a plumber to fix the problem could soon be covered by the saving you make on your water bill.
4. Plug the gaps.
Whilst open fireplaces can look nice, they often leave open gaps in an property via the chimney meaning hot air from modem central heating escapes. Installing a stove can be a really good way of sealing off the gap, preventing hot air going up the chimney. Also inspect seals around the doors. Often seals wear out meaning gaps are left allowing hot air to escape.
5. Take a shower.
Take a shower over a bath. A bath actually uses 4x the amount of water a shower does. If your property has a water meter fitted, you will be paying the extra cost.
6. Turn off your computer.
Leaving your desktop computer on at home can add up to £60 extra onto your annual utility bill.
7. Pack your freezer with food.
Not only is buying frozen food cheaper than fresh, packing your freezer box tightly with food creates an energy saving. The more gaps between food, the more your freezer has to work to keep the gaps cool.