Monday, 3 October 2016

Ways to lower your energy bills in winter

Around this time of year I find that our energy bills start to creep up due to the colder weather. It is important this time of year to try and cut down on energy costs as it can be so expensive. So I have compiled a list of ways to help cut down your bills now that autumn/winter is here. 

Switch energy suppliers
By changing energy suppliers you can save. It's worth using comparison sites and doing a bit of research to find the best deal. 

Pay via Direct Debt 
Energy companies tend to offer discounts if you pay by Direct Debit. 

Keep the heating on low
Try lowering your thermostat by a couple of degrees and see how you go. If you feel cold just bump it up.

Draught-proof your home
You can read more about how to do this here 

Monitor your usage 
See what areas you are wasting money on:
Do you leave unnecessary items on standby? TV on when no one is watching it? 

Put on extra layers
If your cold put on an extra jumper, wear slippers. Overall make sure you are dressed sensibly for the time of year. 

Use energy efficient appliances 
If you need to buy new appliances such as fridges, washing machines etc than look out for energy efficient ones with a rating of A++ or A+

Lower the temperature on your wash programme
We mainly wash at 30 degrees and is just as efficient as a 40 degree wash but uses approx 40% less energy. 

Do your washing at night
Some companies sell energy for lower rates at off peak hours so its worthwhile taking advantage and doing your laundry at night. 

Use low energy light bulbs 
If you don't already start using them!

Turn off the lights 
If you aren't using a room you don't need the lights on in there so turn them off

Cut down your time in the shower
This will not only help save money on heating water but also save you money on your water bill. 

Use blankets and throws
We have a thermal one we like to use. I tend to feel the cold a lot more than Stuart does so I'm glad that I have one of these. 

Electric blanket at night 
If its really cold we put our electric blanket on between 15-30 mins before going to bed so its nice and warm when we get in (don't forget to turn it off so you don't get too hot)

42 comments:

  1. Great tips there. I can't believe people are putting their heating on already though - I am still trying to stop the kids using their fans!

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  2. Fantastic post this! We resist putting the heating on for as long as possible and if that means wearing an extra jumper or two them so be it!!

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  3. I wish my other half would turn off lights after he's done with them GRRRR. x

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  4. Great post Joanna, we try to switch energy companies when ours go up in price. Also when the kids are at school and husband at work in Winter I chuck my dressing gown on to keep warm as I hate wasting money :)

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  5. I loves the electric blanket and I have no shame in saying it. It is heaven itself.

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  6. Ooh this is a fab post!
    Dad is always moaning at me to turn off the lights haha! :)

    Dani x

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  7. I'm very guilty of the tv standby - terrible. Some good tips x

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  8. Everyone always slags me off for using my electric blanket but it is honestly a godsend in the winter!

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  9. We've just moved and this place is colder than the last so I have a feeling our bills will go up this year - I'll have to try and bring in some of these tips. x

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  10. Great tips. I am quite lucky being in a second floor flat as I haven't had to have my heating on for a long time as the heat comes down from the flats above and rises from the ones below x

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  11. I am debating buying an electric blanket, I just am not a fan of being hot, I prefer to be cool x

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  12. This is a great guide. It would be nice to be able to cut costs this year!

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  13. I love posts like this - anywhere I can save money to spend more on makeup haha xx

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  14. I think that putting on extra layers and using an electric blanket is a great way of lowering your energy bills x

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  15. Great tips, I love my blanket when I'm relaxing on the sofa - oh and a cup of tea too! :)
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  16. Some great tips here, I wish my kids would remember they do not need to spend hours having a shower. I do wash at 30 now as standard x

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  17. We could definitely use these tips, its so cold already thanks so much :)

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  18. Fab energy saving tips here. I just switched!

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  19. I'm a sucker for blankets and hot water bottles. I made it to December without the heating on last year and it gets cold here in Germany x

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  20. Great tips! I always have loads of blankets and throws around the place to keep warm in the colder months x

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  21. Great post just before winter! It certainly was more chilly here this morning!

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  22. Great tips! I try to go as long as I possibly can without switching on the heat. Not primarily for money savings, but because I can't really stand artificial heat as it gives me a headache. The savings are a great by product though. :)

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  23. The electric blanket at night idea is genius, I always find that first 10 minutes of getting into a cold bed is the worst so the idea of it being toasty warm is just bliss! xx

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  24. I live in a new built with super insulated wall where in winter we never need to put the heating on. We also live on the top floor of a block of flat and of course heat rise so we kind of lucky with our heating bills.

    www.annanuttall.com

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  25. I definitely want to get an electric blanket this year!

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  26. Great tips - my husband always turns the heating right up but wears t shirts and bare feet! Drives me mad!

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  27. We recently switched energy supplies and we saved ourselves so much money.

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  28. Great tips - I need t persuade the teens to unplug their chargers

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  29. These are great tips! It is definetly getting colder around here! I have been thinking about changer energy suppliers recently actually, I think now may be the time!

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  30. I already fail on a couple of these. We have the hall way light on every night just so I can see when I have to get up at night with one of the kids. Also the outside light is on too.
    Thankfully our house is well insulated so I didn't have to use the heating much yet.

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  31. Great tips, I would never have thought of doing laundry at night. I really need to try and lower my energy bills as we spend so much it is scary! xx

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  32. Great post - our gas and electric bills are crazy high, we really need to work on lowering them!

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  33. Great post and tips! THe bills get so high at this time of year.

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  34. I need to draught proof my house asap! So many good tips here x

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  35. wow never knew there were off peak tariffs. i'll have to see if my supplier does it as i always do laundry in the evening

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  36. Brilliant ideas, let's face it, this is when we really get screwed with the massive bills.

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  37. Really great tips, I will definitely be bookmarking this. We got a rather large bill earlier this year.

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  38. Great tips! I always snuggle up under a blanket downstairs in the evening, instead of putting the heating on and heating up the whole house.

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  39. Great post, lots of useful ideas,p. I love getting out all the blankets and throws for winter! Last year we had no heating all winter and we definitely needed them.

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  40. This is a really useful post ,its surprising how much saving you can make by just being a little more careful.

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  41. This is a really useful post ,its surprising how much saving you can make by just being a little more careful.

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  42. I definitely need to think about spending less time in the shower. I think that would make a difference here

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