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Our energy bills can be one of the things that can end up costing us more than it should do, without us even realising it.
Think about it. You may switch on your heating in the winter without a care in the world. Pop on the air conditioning in the summer without a moment’s consideration to the bill. Lights will be switched on, even left on when you aren’t there.
There are many ways that the bill rises, and often, we pay a similar debit each month and will be none the wiser to our usage until we speak with the energy company. Many of us can then be left with huge bills and debts to either add on to our repayments or pay off in full. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways you can reduce that bill.
Many of us are quite happy to let our energy bill be debited each month without another thought. Of course, that is until you realise your payments aren’t covering the amount of energy you are using in your home.
What we can all fail to realise is that our energy providers can offer better deals at better rates for new customers, which often means that you are paying more than somebody else using the same amount as you. So why don’t you become a new customer somewhere else? Switching energy providers can often save you a fair bit on your monthly payments.
Be smart with your heating
It can be so tempting to switch on the heating at any opportunity and crank it up to its highest point to heat your home faster. But the sudden surge of energy required to do this can be costly in the long-term.
Instead, try and consider using the heating and leaving it at a more consistent temperature all the time. This way your home always feels warm but keeping a consistent temperature is far more cost-effective.
You could also consider alternative methods of heating such as installing a wood fireplace as this can also be a great way to keep the costs down as you are using an alternative source of heat.
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Switch appliances off
Leaving a TV on standby, letting appliances remain plugged in with the switch on, these are all things we can be guilty of doing on a day to day basis. Instead, be proactive and switch things off at the mains. Even though you think they are off on standby, they are still using some form of energy to keep that red light on, or even sending little surges of energy through the wires from the plug. This may be a small change with a small benefit, but combining it with other methods could help to reduce your bill.
Be conscious of the lights in your home
How many of us enter a room, switch the light on, walk out of it and forget to switch the light off? Many of us are guilty of this, children especially who have no concept on how much energy and cost there is involved. Switch those lights off.
Also, you may want to consider switching the bulbs to energy-saving ones, this can reduce your bill quite heavily. Lastly, when it comes to light, a lamp will always be more cost-effective than the main light in a room.
Let’s hope these tips help to save you money on your energy bills.