How to reduce your energy bills and avoid the looming gas and electricity price hikes

6th August 2021 | Residential Energy

Rising gas and electricity prices could push up energy bills by at least £139 for 15 million households across the UK from October Ofgem has said. The price rises could create a “perfect storm” as families grabble with price hikes alongside rising inflation, the Universal Credit reduction and the end of furlough.

Here, Consumer Producer Hannah Kings shares tips from experts for reducing the energy you use and the money you pay.

Think about your thermostat: We all want to be warm at home – especially when we’re spending so much time there and when the weather outside is like it is! If you’re careful though, there are ways to save as much as you can whilst still having the heating on when you need it. Be selective about which parts of the home you heat – only heat the rooms you’re using, and set your thermostat to the lowest temperature that’s comfortable.

Some experts suggest setting the temperature so that you’re warm and then reducing it by one degree every day until you no longer feel comfortable. You can then set the thermostat to the lowest temperature that kept you warm. This will take away the guesswork and make sure you’re using exactly the amount of heat you need.

Have a light bulb moment: Energy-saving LED light bulbs can quickly help to cut your energy bills. Although they may be more expensive to buy than traditional bulbs, experts agree that with the amount you’ll save on bills, energy-saving bulbs pay for themselves in time.

Switch things off – all the way off: It sounds simple, but switching off appliances – rather than leaving them on standby – can make a difference when it comes to saving energy. When you’ve finished using them, aim to switch appliances off at the plug. If you’re worried you might forget, it can help to set a power outlet timer that will automatically switch the appliance off at the plug overnight – without you having to think about it.

Wash with care: Try to fill the washer every time you use it so that you do fewer loads, and think about how hot you really need each cycle to be.

Check your boiler and insulation: It can be a big investment, but replacing an inefficient boiler or installing effective loft insulation can help to save energy. It could be worth checking whether you qualify for Government help to pay for this such as the Green Homes Grant. This allows homeowners to apply for vouchers to put towards the cost of making certain energy efficient improvements.

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