We are probably all too familiar with the dread of paying bills, that feeling as you worry whether or not your money is going to stretch until the end of the month and you begin regretting that light you left on all night or that practically overflowing bath you took the other week when your energy bills come piling in and as usual, they are nothing short of extortionate. You may have tried every trick in the book to try and get those pesky bills down but every month you seem to find yourself in the same predicament. Here are a few tips and tricks that might just mean you are saving a little extra each month.
Switch off Standby
It may seem trivial, but switching your appliances off standby can have a significant effect when it comes to energy bills. You might turn your TV off with the remote after a Netflix marathon, but making the effort to turn it off altogether at the wall has been estimated by experts to save you around £30 a year! If you can’t remember to do it, or the family constantly leave it on – a quick sticky note on the socket should do the trick!
Change your Lightbulbs
When it comes to bills, lighting is a big drainer for everyone. If you are still using regular, halogen lightbulbs, not only are you compromising on quality, you are also paying more than necessary when it comes to your electricity bills because they tend to use a lot more energy than their clever LED alternatives. Other advantages include LED bulbs having around 30, 000 hours power time, so your days of risking life and limb changing popped light bulbs have finally come to an end!
Be Water Savvy!
If you’re on a water meter, you will know that using less water definitely saves you money. Ok so I’m not talking timing our showers or even skipping bath time but just little things like filling the sink with water instead of constantly running the tap when doing your dishes is estimated to save you around £7 a year.
Switch your Provider
I know what you’re thinking, switching providers is a lot of hassle and how do you even know you’re going to end up saving money? Studies have shown that home and business owners have ended up saving hundreds a year, just by switching their providers. If you sit down and really assess how much you are paying, you may find you are over paying in certain areas, or worse still, your readings are estimated and you are being billed for energy you haven’t even used. Taking an afternoon to scope out other options and looking for the cheapest fixed deal available is definitely worth it and reading your meter regularly is also a big yes!
If you haven’t already, it is time to move into the 21st century and stop paying your energy bills by cheque or cash. Most energy providers reserve the best deals for their online customers and they often ‘reward’ users for going paperless – plus it’s a big help to the environment. Paying monthly by direct debit can see you make huge savings which will make a big yearly difference. Pay online and save for that holiday? Sounds good to me!
Throw on a Jumper
Ah the age old ‘just put on a jumper trick’. Whilst it’s understandable you don’t want to have to walk around with tonnes of layers on in your own home, do you really need the heating as high as you have it? Fleecy pyjamas in the winter time are super soft and cosy, and great at keeping you warm so you can turn down that thermostat! Not a fan of wrapping up? Why not buy a hot water bottle – they stay hot for hours, and are super cheap! Put one in your bed before you get in it and you’ll never look back.
Looking for other ways to save money? Then why not check out some more frugal tips here.
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