Taking steps to reduce your energy usage will not only reduce the level of harmful CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, but it will also lower the costs of your monthly utility bills. Fortunately, this won’t come at the expense of your time either. You and your family can make significant changes by simply altering a few of your everyday habits.
After mortgage payments, rent, and council tax, gas bills are amongst the highest regular fuel costs for UK residents. According to a study by OVA Energy, the average, medium-sized household spends £666 a year on heating their homes. You can reduce this by investing in better insulation for your property. Anyone of cavity wall, loft, and underfloor insulation could save you hundreds of pounds a year. Likewise, swapping out your old windows and doors for modern, B-rated double glazing will help to better trap the heat inside your home and stop you reaching for the thermostat.
Your electricity bill is another significant recurring expense. Lighting plays a major part, as does choosing more energy efficient appliances. LED bulbs, like those found here, use almost 90% less energy when compared to a traditional incandescent. While the initial cost of these will be higher, many LEDs have a rated life expectancy of 50,000 hours. This is around 50 times longer than a typical incandescent. Over the course of its life, this could mean you’d save around £180. Similarly, when it’s time to upgrade your appliances, whether it be a fridge freezer, washing machine, or dishwasher, you should always look for the most energy efficient solutions.
In the UK, the average household’s bill for water and sewerage is £393. You should use a water usage calculator to determine whether or not you’d benefit from switching to a water metre or rateable billing scheme. This is especially worthwhile if your kids have recently left home, as any fewer members of the household will have a direct impact on how much water you use. If you do decide to switch to a metre, simple changes can make a big difference such as moving from baths to showers and getting into the habit of turning the tap off when it’s not needed.
Once you get over any initial hassle of switching energy suppliers, you’ll find the effort to be worthwhile in the long-term. Similarly, any day-to-day changes will start become second-nature in a short-time.