Energy bills are one of the biggest costs associated with running your home. We have provided seven great ways to make your property more energy efficient and save money on energy bills.

Double Glazing Windows

If you have single glazing, switching to double glazing may help reduce your energy usage considerably. Although single glazed windows are cheaper, in the long term it could prove to be more expensive. In your home, up to 25% of heat will escape through the windows so making sure they are effective in keeping in heat will make your home more energy efficient.

Double glazing helps you to more effectively deal with draughts and preventing heat escaping through your windows. In the long term, by keeping more heat in your property, you will use less energy to heat your home and saving you money.

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Home Insulation

Home insulation helps to minimise heat loss and make homes more energy efficient. Heat is mostly lost through walls, roofs and the floor. By adding insulation material in between wall cavities, in the loft and using carpets on the floor can help your home retain more heat.

Retaining heat means that your home will need to use less heating to keep warm and over the long term, reduce your energy bills. For example, in the UK, you can save up up to £215 per year in fuel costs for properly insulate your loft (http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft).

Energy Efficient Appliances

Electrical appliances account for over 30% of your annual energy bills so making sure your appliances are energy efficient is a great way to reduce your energy usage. An appliance that has a D certification is far less efficient than a A** graded appliance.

After heating, fridges and freezers are the biggest contributors to your energy cost. These appliances are always switched on so making sure you choose an energy efficient fridge and freezer will help you decrease your energy bills.

Additionally, making sure your TV, washing machine and cooker are energy efficient will further reduce your energy usage and energy bill costs. If your estimated annual energy cost is £1,000 then you can save up to £350 a year in energy bills.

Don’t Overuse Appliances

Only using appliances when they are needed can help you to cut down on your energy bills. Leaving appliances on standby maybe more convenient but it still uses energy. Your TV, microwave and computer are devices that are commonly left on standby. By completely turning standby appliances off will help you to save money.

Switch to Cheaper Energy Plan

A great way to make your home more energy efficient is by switching to a different energy supplier. Different energy suppliers have different unit rates. By choosing a supplier with a lower unit rate, the overall cost of your energy per month will decrease. This help you become more energy efficient by saving more money.

Homeshift is a great way to switch to a cheaper energy supplier hassle free. With Homeshift Energy, we have one fair tariff, with unit rates fixed for 12 months, for all of our customers and is cheaper than the biggest energy suppliers.

Solar Panels

Solar panel electricity systems capture sunlight that is then converted into energy to be used to run your home and household appliances. In the UK, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that a 4kWp system can reduce a family’s household bills by £70 (https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/free-solar-panels/).

In the UK, you also have the ‘feed-in tariff’ where the UK government pay you (paid via an energy supplier) for an electricity you have generated yourself. According to estimates, a typical home earns £150 per year from the ‘feed-in tariff’. However, you would have to weigh savings against actual set up costs for installing a solar panel.

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Switch to Smart Devices

Certain smart home devices are advantageous in efficiently managing your home energy better and reducing energy bills cost. Specifically, a smart thermostat can give you better control over your heating and optimise the temperature to save money.

British Gas estimate their Hive smart meter can save you up to £130 per year in energy bills while different companies estimate how long it will take a smart meter to ‘pay for itself’ from savings on energy bills. You could potentially save up to 37% a year on energy bills so it may take a few years before you see the benefits of paying to install a smart meter.

Also, with the advent of smart light bulbs, you could reduce your energy consumption further. These light bulbs use technology to detect and turn off when not in use.

About the Author
Monwar Hussain – Community Manager, Homeshift. Use Homeshift to setup new homes and manage your existing home in one place online.