Brits sick of spending over the odds on their utility bills are being offered tips to cut the costs.
The penny-pinching pros over at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have collated expert advice on how to keep the cost of bills down, especially as prices are set to soar.
Most people notice their utility bills creep up, especially when compared with last year’s prices.
Recently, the UK’s wholesale electricity market has soared to record highs, meaning households could see an increase of up to £139 in energy bills.
However, there’s plenty of ways you can reduce the costs of your bills by just being more mindful around your home.
A spokesperson from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “Saving energy can help you be more energy-efficient and considerate of the environment, but it’s also a great way to save money.
With colder climates on their way, households will be using more energy.
We’re all about saving money here at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, which is why we’ve come up with some great energy-saving tips that could help reduce your energy consumption.
NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s tips on cutting utility costs:
1. Move furniture
Ensure furniture is not covering radiators, as this can block heat from filling your home. A sofa or bulky chair will trap heat, meaning you’re paying for the warmth but not feeling the benefit of it.
2. Fridge freezers
These hefty white goods can consume up to a third of all the power in your home. Investing in an energy-efficient appliance should lower the cost of running them long term and reduce CO2 emissions. Fridges with energy labels A+++ will consume up to 80% less than a rating D.
Other money-saving tips include keeping the door shut, especially if you are spending a large time browsing for the perfect snack. Your fridge will be working overtime trying to achieve its optimum temperature. Don’t forget to defrost your fridge when prompted. A build-up of ice could seriously damage the efficiency of your fridge. Regular defrosting can help avoid this.
Regularly running for hours on standby will waste loads of electricity. Switching the power off at the wall is the best way to avoid this energy munching mistake. Pick a LED TV, over an LCD or plasma screen, as they consume far less energy.
4. Tumble Dryers
While they are a complete blessing when you need your washing in a hurry, the tumble dryer is notorious for racking up your energy bills. Be more mindful when it comes to drying your clothes. Make the most of sunny days and hang out the washing or use maidens around your home.
When you do go to use your tumble dryer, make sure it’s full to maximise efficiency. The less you use it, the better!
Switching off lights when you leave a room is probably the most talked-about energy-saving tip. While it may be the simplest way to save energy, it’s surprising how many of us forget!
Energy-efficient LED light bulbs can be up to 80% more efficient than conventional bulbs.
6. Desktop Computers
Desktop computers are energy-hungry and can cost up to £13 a year to run. This all adds up, especially when compared to the annual £4 used for your portable laptop. Add a printer into the mix and you will be spending even more.
7. Smart thermostats
Investing in a smart thermostat is a great way to control how much energy you’re using through your central heating. Thermostats can be set from your phone, letting you control the temperature from afar. Put your heater on a timer so you’re not overspending without even realising.
Investing in a more energy-efficient, A-rated condensing boiler could save you up to a huge £300 per year. These new style boilers include a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls.
If you want to stop heat escaping from your home, insulating your roof is a great way to combat this. Retaining the heat inside your home means you could shave up to £130 off your energy bills each year. This could cost several hundred pounds but could save you a fortune in the long term.
A full breakdown of money-saving utility tips can be found on NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s blog.