The cost of living is on the rise, but with wages not increasing to keep pace, this can leave some people out of pocket every month. One way to end the month with more disposable income is to lower your monthly expenses. Your landlord or mortgage provider probably won’t be too willing to lower your monthly payments, but there are other bills you can target.
Lowering your monthly energy bills doesn’t have to be difficult. There are small steps you can take that will add up to hundreds of pounds of savings every year. If you’re ready to take control of your monthly expenses, try these simple money-saving steps.
Upgrade your thermostat
Not many people know that thermostats can become less effective over time. Without regular checks, your thermostat could soon start to think that the temperature in your home is a lot lower than it actually is. This can mean that your heating stays on for longer than needed. Your hot water thermostat should also be checked regularly. If you find that your hot water is coming out of the tap scalding hot, you may need to turn this down.
Get your boiler serviced
Regular boiler services might sound like yet another expense, but this can save you money in the long run. A boiler service goes beyond checking that everything is working safely. The engineer will also check vital functional components to ensure everything is working as it should. If you have low pressure in your boiler, it will cause it to work a lot harder than it needs to. An engineer will know how to spot the signs and will be able to increase the boiler pressure for you.
Switch to smart controls
There is so much you can do with a mobile phone these days. And controlling your heating, lights, and plugs is high on the list of things you should try. By changing your light bulbs to smart light bulbs, you’ll be able to control your lights from anywhere. If you’re going to be away for the weekend and want to give the impression that you are home, you can control the lights remotely rather than leaving them on all the time. You can also take control of your heating and make sure you are using it as efficiently as possible. More info here.
Turn down the thermostat
This is not to say that you should be content living in a cold home. It is possible to turn down your thermostat without making your home uncomfortable. The first step is to eliminate draughts and pay attention to insulating your home. Once these steps are complete, your home should feel warmer. You can then experiment with nudging the thermostat down a few degrees at a time. You’re unlikely to notice the difference. And if you do, then you know you’ve hit your threshold and you can nudge it back up a degree or so.
Buy energy-efficient appliances
If you have a smart meter in your home, you will likely have a pretty good idea which appliances are costing you the most money. Usually, it’s the microwave, kettle, oven and washing machine that are responsible for your hiking up your energy bills. By choosing energy-efficient appliances, you could slash your energy bills every year. The good news is that more appliance manufacturers are waking up to the benefits of energy-efficient appliances, so they are more widely available than ever before.
These are just some of the ways you can reduce your energy bills. Reducing your energy consumption is not only great for your wallet, but it’s also great for the environment. It only takes a few small steps to decrease your bills and reduce your impact on the planet.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.