Tips To Reduce Your Energy Bills in the Winter

November 1, 2012 Comments Off

With the cost of energy bills soaring each winter, it’s essential to make an effort to save energy if you don’t want to face exorbitant bills.

Change Your Energy Supplier – One of the easiest ways to save money is to switch energy suppliers. If you’ve used the same company for years, you could save as much as $150 by switching. These days, loyalty rarely pays, so it makes sense to compare energy prices and opt for the best deal you can find. If you’re not willing to change your energy supplier and don’t pay your bills by direct debit, you should consider doing so. You could save as much as 10% on your bills when you choose to pay monthly by direct debit.

Replace Your Boiler – Boilers begin to lose their efficiency as they grow older. When replacing your current boiler, choose an A-rated boiler, the most energy-efficient boiler you can buy. If you’re unable to afford the cost of a new boiler, get your boiler serviced. This may help you to avoid boiler-related emergencies.

Insulate Your Walls and Roof – Insulating your home can significantly reduce your fuel consumption. If your home has cavity walls, cavity wall insulation could reduce your heating costs by as much as 15%. Since your home loses 15% of its heat through the roof, loft insulation is essential. If you install loft insulation that is 270 mm deep, you could save over $100 a year.

Use Your Thermostat – Turning your thermostat down by as little as one degree centigrade can reduce your heating bill by 10% and it’s unlikely that you will notice such a small temperature change.

Switch to Energy Saving Light Bulbs – One of simplest ways to save energy is by switching your light bulbs to energy savings bulbs. Energy saving bulbs last 12 times longer than standard light bulbs and this means that you won’t have to replace them very often.

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