Energy prices have just been hiked again – and with no legislative end to the costs in sight, the only way the UK householder can fight back is by saving energy where he or she can. Follow these tips to shave pounds off your weekly energy expenditure, and claim back that nine or ten per cent from the big companies.
Use less heat
With winter coming, using less heat might not seem like an option. But actually, if you change the way your heating system is used you can get more warmth from your home for longer. Try running the system for greater lengths of time every day, but set on a much lower temperature. Once you have taken the chill out of the air, the longer period of low heat will keep your house feeling warm for most of the day.
Use a different source of heat
Using a heat source that requires less power to get going is a key way to drop the amount of energy you use in the home. The Green Deal, a government sponsored initiative to help you get more from the energy use in your home, may help you with this. If you apply for a Green Deal finance package, you can pay for improvements to your house’s energy fittings, such as buying a different kind of boiler, with a loan that gets paid back over time through your energy bills.
Change the way the heat in your home is used
Having heating on in rooms that you’re not using is a sure-fire way to bring your energy prices up. Try segmenting your home into zones, and managing each distinctly according to when they’re used. Your kitchen, for instance, needs no heating during cooking hours because the warmth from the oven should be more than enough to heat the room. Leave heating off in your bedroom until an hour before you usually go to bed, and time the heating in your lounge to come on only when you go in there in the evenings to use the room.
Use alternative sources of energy
Solar power can be used effectively to perform small domestic heating tasks – for example by warming the water you use to do the washing up. It’s not a solution to all of your water heating worries, but it does give you the ability to get some hot water for less. You can also use alternative sources of heat energy for firing the central heating system in all or part of your home – for example by exchanging a boiler for a wood burner. This is particularly effective if you live in an area where there are plenty of trees.
Look at how your house uses electricity
Electricity use is one of the prime culprits of energy overspending. We all run too many gadgets too much of the time – smartphones that need charging once a day, huge television sets and media players. Turn things off when they are not in use, and be aware that overuse will lead to big spending. You should also look at the lights in your home. Are you bulbs energy efficient? How long do they last before they need to be replaced? LED bulbs, for instance, last much longer than standard bulbs, use less power and give off a brighter light. Visit the shop now.
About the author:
The Author is an energy saving expert – a consultant for several local branches of the Green Deal, and a frequent contributor to national advice sites and home pages. His advice has appeared on the home pages of some of the biggest entertainment and information companies in the UK. He lives in Kent.