Gas and electricity prices continue to rise and are expected to increase again from April. The government has confirmed it will extend its energy support for households, which is good news.
Although the government are supporting households during the price increase, energy bills are still expensive, so taking steps to keep track of your energy consumption can help you save money.
Understanding your energy bills is the first step to save money on your bills. Keeping track and learning where your energy is used can help you to change your daily habits and make your home more energy-efficient, and in turn, this will help you to save money on your energy bills.
Here are our 4 tips to save money!
Monitor your usage
As most people will know, there are better times to switch energy providers than now, as our energy rates are frozen along with our daily standing charges, but there are still steps you can take to monitor your usage to save on your energy.
Ensuring you are paying the right amount for your energy bills is vital; this can be done by sending regular meter readings to your provider or installing a smart meter.
A smart meter is a great way to monitor energy usage. They are a great way to track what you use and spend, reduce your carbon footprint and make your bills easier to understand.
Use your appliances effectively
Appliances can be expensive to run, so using them effectively is vital to maximise your money and make a difference to your energy bill.
Using the eco setting on your appliance, for example, the washing machine and dishwasher could make a massive difference. Washing at 30 degrees instead of higher temperatures can save you money.
Avoiding to use the tumble dryer when washing will significantly reduce your energy bill. Drying clothes on a drying rack or outside can save up to £70 a year.
Another method to save money on your appliances is by switching them off rather than leaving them on standby mode. Most household appliances can be turned off by the socket at the wall; this can save around £65 a year. You can also invest in smart plugs, allowing you to switch off all your appliances with one button.
Turn off lights to save money
A simple method to save money is to turn off lights when you are not in a room. According to the Energy Saving Trust, this can save you around £25 a year. Replacing your lights with LED bulbs can also help you to save money.
Careful in the Kitchen
Kitchen appliances can be expensive to run, so using them effectively will help contribute to savings on your energy bills.
Kettles are a heavily used appliance in most kitchens. Although we are all guilty of overfilling, only boiling as much water as you need will help save on your bills.
Opening and closing the fridge/freezer can be expensive as the temperature will change. Limiting the amount you open and close the fridge/freezer will help keep them at the correct temperature.
As energy prices are high, these simple methods are essential to become energy-efficient and save money on your bills.