According to Ofgem, the industry regulator for heating and power, the average household spends around £1200 every year on gas and electricity. And yet, this figure will only increase going forward due to national inflation across the UK.
That makes energy one of the biggest annual costs for UK families every single year. With a large sum of money spent each year on energy bills, it makes sense to look at some of the best methods in order to reduce these costs going forward, adopting energy saving ways of using energy.
The average home uses around 13 electric appliances each day; this could include TVs, laptops, mobile phone chargers…etc. This is a huge lift from the 90’s where the average was only 4 electronic appliances per household. With the increase in technology and how much we rely on mobile devices nowadays, this is to be expected, but this does in turn result in us using more energy in order to work these electronic devices.
Although these appliances have adapted better energy saving methods over the past 2 decades, there is still more we can all do in order to reduce energy and bill consumption. We have all heard the excuse of turning off standby appliances before, so let’s have a look at some other top tips we recommend for saving money around your home.
The most frequently asked question in home lighting solutions is, “Will LED lights save money?” The answer is that LED lights consume around £80.00 of power over a 20+ year lifespan. LEDs require much less electricity to power than both traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs. They last much longer than their incandescent, halogen and CFL equivalents, meaning you will be using less energy over an extended period of time. By replacing all of your bulbs to LED versions, you can save thousands of hours of electricity use, which in turn will save you hundreds of pounds. The average monthly cost saving using LED bulbs is a staggering 87%, so why wouldn’t you want to make the switch?
Utilise the sun for warmth and light
Especially with the summer set to hit record temperatures once again in the upcoming months, it will be good to make the most of the hot weather by being more cautious when it comes to using your central heating. When it comes to drying clothes, you can save money by drying these on a clothesline rather than using a tumble dryer. And even if you are in desperate need of some warmth in your home using your heating system, turning it down by just 2 degrees every time could save you up to £150 over the course of the year.
Invest in a SMART meter
By installing a SMART meter or thermostat in your home, you will be able to visually see how much your outgoings are each day for these energy bills. By seeing how much you spend, you can budget your energy usage better, rather than being blind to bills at the end of each month. SMART thermostats and metes allow you to control your home from anywhere, as you can access this through your mobile device, ensuring you are not using energy when you are not home. Keeping a watchful eye on your consumption levels can help you decide if and when you have to change the way you use energy. By tracking your consumption with accurate and real time information, you can make informative decisions as to whether to use energy or not.
By acting on these key top tips, you could be saving hundreds of pounds each year when it comes to your energy bills. Keep on top of your usage, turn down your thermostat and buy efficient appliances to see the best results as we head into the rest of 2022.