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Six ways to lower your energy bills during warmer weather - Plainsmen Post

Six ways to lower your energy bills during warmer weather
NEWS George Holan · April 25, 2022 · 0 Comment

The recent spell of good weather means most people will have reduced the amount of time their heating has been on and taken advantage of the higher temperatures to dry clothes on the washing line, rather than using a tumble dryer or popping them on an airer in front of a radiator.

While these are great for helping reduce energy usage and hopefully keep gas and electricity costs down, it’s important to remember that every household is still paying a daily standing charge, which they can’t influence as this is set by their supplier.

However, there are some steps everyone can take as temperatures get warmer that could help keep additional costs to a minimum.

Six ways to lower your energy bills
The team at onlinemoneyadvisor have outlined six simple, cost-effective tips to try to help everyone lower their energy bills over the coming months.

Adjust the thermostat in your home
A large proportion of the money you spend on your energy bills goes towards heating your home.

With summer just around the corner and the weather gradually getting warmer, many people will keep their heating on for shorter amounts of time, lower the temperature or switch it off completely – especially as the cost of living continues to rise.

Turning your heating down, even by just one degree, will really make a difference if you stick to it all year-round, helping you shave potentially hundreds of pounds off your annual energy bill.

Adjust the temperature on your fridge/freezer
Adjusting the temperature on your fridge/freezer is a simple and cost-effective tip for saving energy in your home, that many people easily overlook or forget to carry out.

Your fridge should ideally be kept at a temperature of about 3-5 degrees celsius, while your freezer should be set around -18 degrees celsius in order to work optimally and without using unnecessary amounts of energy. When it comes to using your fridge/freezer, although it might seem obvious, try not to leave either of the doors open for lengthy periods of time as this will mean the appliance will have to work that little bit harder and ultimately use more energy as to result.

Turn down your water heater
As well as turning down heating, try turning down your hot water heater while you’re at it.

Your hot water costs also equate to a large sum of your energy bills, so if the temperature is set too high, this is a sure-fire way of literally pouring money down the drain. However, it’s important you don’t adjust the temperature too low either as this could cause unwanted bacteria to grow inside your tank.

The sanitary, yet cost-effective, temperature for hot water is around 48 degrees celsius – if you’re unsure on how to change this yourself, call for a plumber.

Wash clothes on a colder temperature
Washing your clothes at colder temperatures can make a difference when it comes to the amount of electricity you use.

Simply try washing your clothes at 30 degrees celsius rather than 40 degrees celsius and gradually cut down your wash cycles down during the week – if consistent over time, you’ll start to see significant savings on your annual energy bill.

Turn off standby appliances
Some electrical devices will still use energy if they are in standby mode, which could be adding hundreds of pounds onto your electricity bill each year.

The most common of these so-called ‘vampire devices’ include kitchen appliances like coffee machines, kettles, microwaves, ovens and washing machines. Not to mention the main culprits that reside in the living room and bedrooms – from TVs and game consoles to laptops and phone chargers.

Although convenient, standby mode is a pricey problem, so it’s best to either unplug or turn off all unused devices instead. If you find yourself forgetting to do so, you can even invest in some timer plugs to schedule turning appliances off.

Insulation is crucial
Insulating your roof can shave hundreds of pounds off your energy bills per year, depending on your home.

Roughly a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through poor insulation in the roof, so fixing this will go a long way to improving energy efficiency.

This doesn’t have to be an expensive process either; you can buy and install insulation relatively easily, there are also government grants and schemes that will subsidize this for you.

Even if you already have some loft insulation, you could save money in the long run by topping it up from 120mm to the recommended 270mm – so it’s beneficial to check this.

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