How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill?

Energy bills have been rising faster than inflation for the last few years and its looks to be that way for the foreseeable future. But the good news is, today, there is something you can do to make your energy bills fall despite the increasing costs of gas and electricity.

In this article you can find several ways to reduce your energy bills. We will start by talking about renewables, but you can find plenty more cost effective solutions further down the page.

Consider a Renewable Alternative

With the right renewable solution, you may never have to worry about an energy bill again. Already, many UK homeowners have already become completely reliant on free energy sources.

Installing a renewable energy solution has never been cheaper or easier. Depending on the option you choose could cut your energy bills by anywhere between 75% and 100%.

Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is one of the most popular ways to minimise how much you pay for electricity and/or gas and now government grants and Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) mean there’s never been a better time to get yours installed.

Read more information on solar panels.

Biomass Boilers
A biomass boiler might seem like a big investment but with government incentive schemes such as Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) offering up to £2000 for installation, it could be a lot more affordable than you believe.

Read more information on biomass boilers.
Air Source Heat Pumps
In the past, air source heat pumps were often costly to set up, but that’s not the case any longer. RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) payments come into effect from Spring 2014, so you can receive up to 9.2p/kWhr for the power you generate for your own hot water and heat.

Read more information on air source heat pumps.


Upgrade your heating and hot water system

Of course, there are ways you can cut your energy bill without installing a complete renewable energy solution. You could simply upgrade your hot water and heating system.

The benefits of a new boiler

Boiler technology has come a long way and is more efficient than ever before. With one of the latest condensing boilers, much less energy and heat is wasted, so you get to keep more to heat your home and hot water -and make greater savings on your energy bills.

a diagram showing how a new boiler can save you money

Your boiler is responsible for around 50% of your home energy bills, so even the smallest increases in efficiency will make a big difference to how much you pay for your heating costs. Depending on your energy consumption, shifting to a condensing boiler could improve efficiency from around 60% to 90% and save you in the region of £200-300 per year.

Find out about how you could qualify for a free boiler.

Read more on the benefits of new boiler

Insulation

Making your home more energy efficient through effective insulation will also help you cut your bills.

Roof

Insulating your attic or roof space is one of the first things to consider, as it’s relatively easy DIY job for just a couple of hundred pounds and should pay for itself in energy savings within a year.

Walls

Heat-proofing cavity walls will cost about twice as much as roof insulation. However, unless you have some experience, you’ll probably need to hire an expert for installation. That said, there’s saving of up to £500 a year to be made here.

Windows

You don’t have to spend thousands of pounds on double or triple glazing to stop heat escaping through your windows (although it is a good investment as it will also add value to your home if you do). Draught-proofing strips around windows and door are surprisingly effective ways of keeping the heat in and the cold out.


Check your ECO eligibility

The good news is if you’re planning to undertake any of these measures, you could get part or all of the costs reimbursed through the Energy Company Obligation. This is an initiative by which your energy company is obliged to help those on a low income with the costs relating to energy efficient improvements in the home.

The rules are complex and not everyone is eligible. To discover if you can get help, contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, or your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Read more information on the ECO scheme.


Five Of The Best Low Cost Ways To Lower Your Energy Bills


Don’t leave appliances on standby

Switch all non-essential appliances off at the socket or use a standby switch that allows you to disconnect the power supply to selected sockets from a remote controller. These can be found for less than £20.


Cook in bulk

Your oven is one of the biggest energy consuming appliances in the home. Cook in bulk and freeze individual portions and you can significantly cut how much energy it uses.


Boil smart

It might be a relatively small appliance but your kettle uses a huge amount of electricity. Only boil as much water as you intend to use and try to avoid re-boiling.



Energy saving light bulbs

Energy saving bulbs consume around a tenth of the energy used by standard bulbs and if you’ve got a lot of lighting in your home, it all adds up. Don’t forget to turn lights out when you leave a room.


Use thermostats

If you have individual thermostats on radiators, use them. Bedrooms don’t need to be as warms as other rooms. Turn your general thermostat down to around 18 degrees Celsius and keep bedrooms at 16 degrees Celsius.


Switch Energy Supplier

These are all great ways to cut your energy costs, but by far, the best way to start cutting your energy bills is to change supplier.

Why switch?

Even if you made sure the energy company you are with now was the cheapest when you signed up, that may no longer be the case. New suppliers and tariffs come on the market all the time and changing will cost you nothing.

Who are Ecotricity?

If you’re serious about becoming cutting your energy costs and saving the planet, one energy supplier to look at is Ecotricity. 100% of Ecotricity’s power is generated from renewable sources, making it the UK’s greenest power supplier.

More significantly, Ecotricity has created special tariffs for people with renewable energy sources of their own, allowing them to take full advantage of FITs and other incentives, making the firm cheaper than all of the big six suppliers.

Switch to Ecotricity via The Eco Experts.

It couldn’t be easier and takes less than five minutes.

Visit: www.ecotricity.co.uk/eco-experts

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