Take a look at our quick guide to reducing your energy bills, with tips to suit any budget.Read more
22 million people are being affected by the energy price hike, but it can be tricky to make big changes to how we manage our energy when we’re short on cash.
However much spare cash you have at the moment, the prospect of the energy price hike is terrifying. Saving a few extra pounds here and there won’t undo this entirely but could give you a little extra time to weather the storm.
We’ve taken some of the most popular energy saving methods and grouped them by how much you’ll have to spend to make them happen, so there’s a few ways to save no matter how much spare cash you have lying around.
Note that the numbers we have sourced are based off of a typical semi-detached house. The amount these tips will save you will vary based on the exact nuances of your property.
If Your Budget Is £0…
If money is tight, there are a few simple tricks you can try that won’t cost you a penny.
Turning down the thermostat by 1 degree Celsius compared to what you normally set it at could save you as much as £105 a year, without feeling much different from what you’re used to.
Simple good habits, like ensuring your lights are switched off when you’re not in the room and turning appliances off instead of leaving them on standby, could save you as much as £70 a year.
Even something as simple as ensuring you don’t overfill a kettle could save you around £11 a year.
£180 a year while spending no extra cash is nothing to sneeze at.
If Your Budget Is £50…
If you’ve got a little bit of extra cash this month, there’s a few cheap options you can take into account.
Reflective radiator panels are relatively cheap, but can save you around £25 a year, as they prevent heat escaping out of your external walls.
Likewise, if you use a convectional heat system, you’ll want to make sure you’re excluding draughts. A simple draught excluder around your door won’t cost more than £20 and will help you keep warm. If you have a chimney, you should make sure that’s draught proof too- that could save you as much as £60 a year.
If you use a radiant heating system, like our IR panels or IR underfloor heating, then draught exclusion isn’t as necessary, because these heating methods don’t rely on warm air.
If Your Budget is £100+
There are also a few tips if you’ve got a bit more time and cash to invest into your heating. These improvements may take some time to pay for themselves, but they absolutely will.
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in loft insulation in particular. More than a quarter of the heat produced in an uninsulated home will escape through the roof, because heat rises. For the average home, it will cost about £465, but it could save you more than £200 a year, so it’ll pay for itself rapidly.
Zone control and smart heating can reduce your bills significantly, as it reduces the risk of silly mistakes that lead to shocking bills. You could start off with one of our Solis Wi-FI panels, or select one of our Wi-Fi thermostats.