Whilst getting the best possible deal with your energy provider is an important thing to achieve, it only represents part of the picture. If you can lower the amount of energy your home needs, then the amount you pay will automatically reduce in line with that reduction.
Avoid Bad Habits
They may seem like a minor measures to take, but by avoiding bad habits, such as leaving lights on in rooms you’re not in or only boiling the amount of water you actually need for hot drinks, then those little reductions can become much bigger ones. Be conscious of your energy use all of the time and you’ll soon experience a tangible saving.
Update Your Boiler
An old or poorly functioning boiler can significantly increase your home’s gas consumption. A house’s hot water system will typically use more energy than anything else, so a well maintained or new boiler is going to have a significant effect on how much you end up paying to heat your home.
You don’t need to heat the air in your home anywhere near as much, if your insulation is up to scratch. A well insulated home will conserve energy throughout the year and keep you cool in those hot summer months, minimising the need to switch on your energy-hungry air conditioning unit.
An alternative to paying the energy company for all of your energy needs is to partake in the government-led schemes that are available offering cheaper electricity via the installation and use of roof-mounted solar panels. Clever batteries are able to store up energy for when it’s most needed, reducing your consumption.
When all’s said and done, the only person who pays for an energy-inefficient home is the owner. Take steps to minimise your energy usage and you not only reduce what you pay, but you play your part in reducing the UK’s energy consumption.
One thing is for sure, that doing nothing is good for no one.