Running a home can be a huge drain on your income.
When you work long hours, it may be disheartening to see your hard-earned money lost to growing utility bills. In fact, according to a recent study, 4.4% of the average UK salary goes on fuelling our homes.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to cut the cost of your utility bills. From bleeding your radiators to changing up your routine, below we’ve listed just a few tricks and tips that can save you money.
Turn down the heating
When cold weather strikes, we’re all guilty of leaving the heating on for longer than necessary. Keep an eye on your thermostat, and be sure to turn it down on warmer days. Just a small decrease can make a big difference to your bills, and it’s unlikely you’ll even notice the change in temperature.
Bleed your radiators
When pockets of air get trapped in your radiator, it prevents it from heating up properly. Less efficient radiators need to be on for longer to warm your home, which can really make your bills add up.
Luckily, you can release the trapped air by bleeding your radiators. This ensures the heat travels through your radiator more efficiently, and keeps you warmer for less.
You don’t have to be an engineer to try out this quick fix, all you need is a radiator key (or a screw driver), and a cloth to catch any drips.
Change your routine
Small tweaks to your daily routine can make a surprising impact on your utility bills. For example, getting into the habit of switching lights and other electrical items off can make a difference.
Other habits such as switching your washing machine to a cooler cycle, and only using your dishwasher when it is absolutely full, are sure to cut the costs of running your home.
If you live with others, be sure to encourage everyone to follow suit. To get everyone engaged, you can leave helpful notes around your home, or even have a penalty jar for people to deposit money into when they leave a light on.
This will soon get people to shake off their bad habits, and the money saved can be used for a fun activity day.
Switch to LED bulbs
More and more people are having their ‘light bulb moment’ when it comes to LED bulbs. Unlike more traditional bulbs, LEDs are incredibly energy-efficient. In fact, they use 90% less energy than halogen bulb equivalents.
Shrink your energy bills by investing in LED light bulbs for your home Not only are they cost-effective but they also come in a range of colour options.
It’s natural to turn up the heat on chillier days, but this could be costing you. Consider adding an extra layer if you’re feeling cold. Using this alternative regularly can see huge savings on your heating bills.
The above tips were created in partnership with The Electrical Guys. We hope you’ve found this post useful, and you’re looking forward to putting these tips into action. What are your energy-savings tips? Get in touch and let us know!