Householders were hit with budget-busting energy price hikes in 2021 – a trend that looks set to continue well into the new year.
Here are some ways to claw back some cash on your heating bills and help the environment at the same time.
Individually these measures offer modest gains but put them together, and you’ll notice the benefits.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Switch off appliances at the socket when you’re not using them.
- Turn your boiler down by a few degrees.
- Wash your clothes on a cold-water cycle or use a quick wash or eco mode.
- Use draught excluders (like the ones your granny used to have) to stop warm air from escaping under doors.
- Clean your tumble dryer filter to ensure it’s working efficiently.
To see real bang for your buck, invest in making your home more energy-efficient. You’ll incur some costs upfront but reap long-term returns.
These clever gadgets give you more precision over how and when you heat your home.
While traditional boiler controls are blunt instruments (allowing you to turn all the radiators on or off), smart thermostats allow you to heat specific rooms (handy if you work from home and only need one room to be toasty).
Most are operated via an app, so you can adjust your heating when you’re out, which is great if you forget to turn it off before you leave home.
If your home isn’t insulated, what are you waiting for? Loft and cavity wall insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to cut your fuel bills.
If your insulation is several decades old, consider upgrading it. Older-style loft insulation is often far thinner, and therefore less effective than modern-day insulation.
Ill-fitting single-pane windows let the heat escape – and cost you money. Double-glazing will cut your heating bills and add value to your home.
Upgrade your appliances
Consumer champions Which? say installing an energy-efficient dishwasher could save you £32 a year, while a new model fridge could save you £76 annually.