Running a family home is expensive enough, even without the constant worry of your looming energy bills that seem to rise immeasurably each and every year without fail.
In fact, you will probably not be surprised to find out that energy bills in the UK have risen by an inflation-busting 40pc in the past five years, with the average family paying out a whopping £1,813 for their annual duel fuel bill.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take as a household to reduce your family’s energy bill without having to cut back on either your heat or electricity usage. After all, you wouldn’t want to be the one to have to tell your kids that their devices are off limits, would you?
1. Make Sure Your Appliances are Energy Efficient
Obviously you are not going to throw away all of your current appliances and replace them with new, more energy efficient ones. However, if you do have an appliance or two that has seen better days, you should definitely consider investing in new ones that will help reduce your energy bills.
For example, an A+++ washing machine has the potential to save you £65 over its lifetime compared to an A+ one. An A+++ fridge freezer can also save you a massive £320 over an A+ one.
2. Heat Your Home Efficiently
It goes without saying that you should ensure that your boiler is in good condition, as an old one can cost you hundreds of pounds a year in ineffective heating. If your boiler is particularly old, you may want to consider investing in a new one that has room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls.
Speaking of radiators, there are several top tips for ensuring that these vital heating devices are working as effectively for your home as possible.
Firstly, you should consider the type of radiators that you choose for your home. Warmrooms offer column radiators that provide great heat efficiency as they have the ability to retain heat for longer periods. Plus, they suit both traditional and modern styled homes.
You should also ensure that you bleed your radiators — with spring being the ideal time to do this — to let out any trapped air so that hot water can fill your radiator and heat it more efficiently.
3. Adequately Insulate Your Roof
Many homeowners assume that there is sufficient insulation in their roof, but they fail to check to see if this is actually the case.
It is recommended that you have a minimum of 125mm of high grade insulation such as wood cellulose or mineral fibre if you want to ensure that you are not losing too much heat through your roof.
Although it can cost a few hundred pounds to buy adequate loft or roof insulation, it can save you an estimated £135 per year, meaning that your return on investment is solid.
4. Reduce Draughts in Your Home
You may not think that the odd draught here and there will make much difference to your annual energy bill, but if you or your family feel a chill, they are much more likely to turn up the thermostat a degree or two which can result in a significant increase in your annual fuel bill.
In fact, for every one degree your heating is turned up, you can expect your annual bill to increase by 1%. Or, if you look at it the other way, if you simply turn down your thermostat by one degree you can decrease your bill by 1%.
Ways to draught-proof your property include:
- Using draught excluders
- Sealing cracks in floors and skirting boards
- Sealing up unused chimneys
- Lining your letterbox
- Investing in double or triple glazing
5. Install a Smart Thermostat
If you haven’t yet embraced smart technology in your home, then installing a smart thermostat is a great place to start. With the ability to make your heating significantly more efficient by only heating the rooms you are using, they are also able to identify how long it takes to heat your home so that they can set the perfect temperature.
A smart thermostat can even be accessed on your smart phone so you can control your heating when you are not even in your house. No more coming home to a cold and dark home for you and your family.