Tips to Save on your Energy Bills: Part Three - Invest Now to Save More in the Long Run
11th November 2020
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Taking small actions can add up to big savings. We’ve provided a number of tips and life hacks in this series of blogs called ‘Top Tips on Savings on your Energy Bills’.
In part one we helped to identify quick wins around the house to save on energy costs.
In part two we helped by sharing routines and habits you can develop to save on energy costs.
In part three we’re looking at big and small investments to save you more money in the medium to long-term. Bigger investments might not be possible in the short-term, but you could invest the savings you make over the next few months. You may also be eligible for grants and supports, but more on that below. Smaller investments can be cheaper than you think, and you’ll feel the benefits in your pocket.
We’ve broken these tips and investment ideas into three categories based on the potential cost. Keep reading to learn more.
- Have your gas or oil boiler serviced every year to keep it energy efficient. When you get your boiler serviced, all working parts are inspected and cleaned, as well as heating controls to ensure they are in perfect working order. Also, your technician can advise and replace worn parts before they wear out, reducing the possibility of a surprise bill.
- If you have a chimney, get it cleaned on a regular basis. This ensures you have a good ‘draw’ and an efficient fireplace.
- Buy a water saving showerhead. This works by reducing the amount of water required to have a shower and will help reduce your energy bill as a result of using less hot water.
- Using a slow cookers or pressure cookers can be much more energy efficient than the oven.
- Take shorter showers to save hot water. Having a shower instead of a bath will result in the use of less hot water. Less hot water will mean less expense and waste.
- Install draught excluders on doors, windows to keep rooms warm. Make sure all the windows and doors are properly sealed.
- Use a lagging jacket on your boiler to keep the water hotter for longer.
- Blackout and thermal curtains are great at keeping the heat in and a reasonably priced investment to help save money in the long run.
Whole House Investments and Grants
- Check if you are entitled to any Energy Grants to upgrade your home heating or electricity supply as these can lead to bigger savings in the longer term.
- If you can, replace your light bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs such as halogens and LEDs use less electricity.
- Insulate the attic to help stop heat escaping through the roof and keep the whole house warm. You may be entitled to a grant for this.
Be sure to apply for any supports/entitlements at the end of the year/start of a new year - if you’ve been working from home you might be eligible to claim back some of your heating and electricity bills. You can learn more from Citizens Information here.
These are just a few ideas, tips and lifehacks that will have a positive impact on reducing the cost of running your home. The best thing is that you can start them today. Do you have any ideas to share, or great ideas to help reduce energy consumption? Head over to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages to share.
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