Running a home can be a huge strain on your finances, especially if you have a large family. With more people to keep warm, fed and watered, a busy household tends to come with a higher energy bill.
As we begin to live in a more socially conscious society, it is important to reduce your carbon footprint where possible so that the ecosystem can reap the benefits (and so can you)!
With constant developments in technology and innovation, there are plenty of affordable ways that you can make your home more energy efficient…
Turn down your heating
This may seem like a silly suggestion, especially during the colder months. However, lowering your thermostat by just 5 degrees can show a significant reduction in your monthly bill. Consider putting this into practice when not in the house or during the warmest hours of the day.
Switch off and unplug
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people leave their gadgets plugged in and on standby when not in use. Doing this wastes unnecessary energy and being more conscious of switching off and unplugging appliances around your home could reduce your energy bill by up to 10%.
Could you be eligible for a government grant?
If you belong to a specific local authority within the UK, you may be eligible for a government funded grant. Companies such as Zing Energy aid you in funding for energy efficiency via the use of finance plans, energy grants and the ECO scheme. In some cases, you can even make money for the energy you produce!
Avoid portable heaters
It may seem like a quick fix for warming up a cold room, but the energy use of portable heaters is ridiculously high and often best-off avoided. Instead, find cheaper ways to stay warm. Have you put on an extra jumper or treated yourself to a fluffy throw before you pump more heat into the room? Or, if you really feel the need to use a portable heater, ensure you have done your research and invest in a newer, more energy efficient model.
TOP TIP: When upgrading any appliance in your home, from kitchen to living room essentials, opt for the most energy efficient product, even if the initial cost is a little steeper.
Upgrade to LED
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs may seem like an expensive task at first glance. However, the time, money and energy it will save you in the long run makes it a worthy investment.
LEDs can last up to 50,000 hours as opposed to the small 1,000 of traditional bulbs. Therefore, the extra few pounds you may pay per bulb will be well worth it.
Wanting to save money and reduce our energy use but not sure where to start? Following our friendly advice is sure to send you well on your way to making a positive change. If you are still struggling, why not consider a short term loan? To discuss your options, get in touch with us today.