With so many announcements from energy providers that gas and electricity prices are set to increase, keeping on top of household bills has never been more important. The future increases in energy costs is likely to put an increasing strain on many household budgets. This creates a problem as incomes are not rising at the same rates as expenses are rising. However, there are a few simple changes you could make that could have a big impact on the size of your monthly utility bills.
Avoid leaving electrical items on standby
Even when you’re not using items such as televisions and gaming consoles, leaving them on standby can continue to use up energy – which could be the ‘hidden’ reason your electricity bills are costing you more than they should every month.
Remember to switch electrical items off at the source when you’re not using them, and if you’re going away for a few days, make sure you unplug things like the TV to stop it using up unnecessary energy.
Also, remember that it’s not just the large items like plasma screens and computers that are energy-wasting culprits. Charging your mobile phone all night long can be particularly wasteful, so think about what other items you could turn off overnight to help lower your bills.
Energy bills have climbed higher and higher in recent years, but there is still competition from suppliers to offer the cheapest deals. As energy prices vary from place to place – and there’s no single company that offers the best deals everywhere – it’s important to do some research and shop around to find the most cost-effective energy deal.
There are a number of price comparison websites that could help you find the best energy deal online. Some companies also offer ‘dual fuel’ discounts if you get your gas and electricity from the same supplier, which could reduce your bills by a fair bit every month.
‘Energy-proof’ your home
Making your home as energy-efficient as possible is one significant way of cutting your household bills. Though it may involve a few up-front costs, energy-proofing your home can be a great cost-cutting investment – and could save you money in the long term.
Draught proofing your doors alone can cut your heating bills substantially. Investing in a water-saving shower head could also reduce the amount of wasted water, and fitting loft and cavity wall insulation (if suitable) could be an affordable and effective way of saving energy.
On top of things like this, making small, simple changes, such as fitting energy-efficient light bulbs, and getting into good habits, such as switching lights off when not in use, could all add up to make a big difference to the size of your energy bills every month.