After a fantastic summer and a mild autumn, winter is upon us. It has started to get chillier during the nights and let's face it, in today's economic climate we all worry about the price increases by the energy suppliers.
Everyone wants to save money but at the same time we also want to make sure our homes are comfortable and warm. In fact there are small but effective things that we can do straight away and without causing any disruption to our daily lives, we will get some savings.
If you are looking for simple ways to reduce your energy bills then you will be glad to hear that E.ON, one of the country's leading energy providers, is taking steps to help you.I also want to share seven tips today to get you started straight away:
1. Lights: In the mornings,after the school run, I come home and I generally lights on either in the bathroom or in the children’s room. Do your kids do this? I will have to make sure they turn the lights off as they leave.
2. If you have radiators , place reflecting panels behind them. You can purchase one at a home center.They save energy by reflecting heat normally lost into the wall.
- Check doors for weather stripping and replace as necessary. Line doorways and window frames with draught excluding tape, and if you have big gaps under the doors get draught excluders to plug these gaps.
- Ensure your electrical appliances are energy efficient. If you have an old freezer, fridge or washing machine, consider replacing it with an energy efficient model. This might seem like an expensive investment, however in the long run, you will be saving money.
5. Keep track of your usage. These days, there are apps, online tools and smart meters to keep track of your energy usage. E.ON have a whole Energy Saving Toolkit which you can use to check your energy profile. Using this energy comparison tool is a great way to evaluate your consumption in relation to your neighbours.
6. Turn it off: Be aware of the appliances left plugged in or on stand-by. We don’t realize it, but those appliances use some energy. If not necessary, turn them off. A typical household can save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn off appliances left on standby.
- Be efficient with cooking. When using the kettle, don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need. If you're going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on.
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