Adam H. Cooke
Top Energy Savings Tips to Help Reduce your Bill I PremierImprovementsOne.com
Updated: Dec 4, 2021
What keeps you up at night at Look After My Bills, and what is it? Your energy bill. You are right there reading this. We are concerned that your energy bills may be too high. We make it our mission, just like Indiana Jones, to find the best tariffs. But we place less emphasis on cracking whips and racing through jungles. Instead, we focus on very clever algorithms.
However, we will tell you a secret: Using too much electricity and gas can make even the most expensive tariff useless. You need energy-saving tips such as the ones we have gathered here.
Your Dad will tell you that energy savings are possible by wearing a second jumper and not being a wimp. "When I was a kid, we had ice in the windows." (This was followed by a 20-minute lecture on turning off the lights when you leave a room). But is your Dad aware what electricity appliances use? (If your dad is a qualified electrician, or someone who designs fridge freezers, then you can skip this question). Do you know how to reduce your energy bills? Can you tell the truth from the lies?
Myth 1: Energy Savings
Heating on low throughout the day can save you money over time. It makes sense, doesn't? You'll be less likely, when it gets colder outside, to heat your rooms. The Energy Saving Trust experts say that this is false. Even in the most insulated home, some heat escapes through the roof, walls and windows. You'll spend more money keeping your chimney-pecked pigeons snug and warm the longer you leave the heating on.
Myth 2: Energy Savings
Turn the boiler off when you don't need hot water. This myth is usually true. You should heat your water only when it is needed. If you have an electric immersion heater, and you are on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff, then you can heat water during the off peak hours provided that your hot water tank is sufficiently insulated to keep it hot for the remainder of the day.
Are I on Economy 7? Economy 10?
Asking your electricity provider is the best way to determine if you are on an Economy 7-10 tariff.
I don't know who my electricity provider actually is.
Although you might think it's silly to ask a question like How can unplugging appliances help save money, there are great tips and no silly questions when it comes home energy. People are sticking to what they know, despite the increasing competition among multiple providers. You can check the Energy Networks Association to quickly find out who supplies your electricity. All you need is your postal code.
Myth #3: Energy Savings
The appliances will not use energy if they are turned off This one is a sure bet, doesn't it? You've probably been tempted to ask "Do appliances use energy when they're off?" but you stopped because it sounded silly. However, turning appliances off doesn't always stop them from using energy. March of the Energy Vampires
"Energy Vampires" sounds like something you would see in a horror movie about a group bloodsuckers or an emo group that existed in the 2000s. It refers to the fact that many devices, once they are turned off, automatically go into standby mode. They're still using energy, even though they are using less than when they were switched on. However, you still have to pay for it.
This is often true for chargers that are plugged into but not connected to devices. To test if the plug feels warm, touch it. If it feels warm, it is using energy. Unplugging washers and dryers can save you money. It is because there are 'off' and 'off'. An appliance that has been unplugged can be considered 'off-off'.
Myth #4: Energy savings
It takes more energy to turn lights on or off than leaving them on constantly. Although there is a slight surge in power when you turn on a lightbulb for the first time, it's not as significant as the power that comes from never turning it off. It won't prolong the life of your bulbs.
Myth 5: Energy Savings
The windows let most of the heat out of your home. It doesn't.
This is because the majority of it escapes through your roof. It's wrong again. The National Energy Foundation estimates that more than half of the heat that escapes a home is lost through walls that aren't insulated. Cavity wall insulation is a great way to prevent heat from escaping your home. However, 25% of heat escapes through non-insulated lofts.
It will make a huge difference to have your doors and windows draught-proofed. 10% of the heat you pay for will escape through poorly sealed floors. You might be interested in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a government program run by ofgem that involves energy suppliers installing energy efficiency measures for homeowners who are eligible for certain benefits.
There are many small steps that you can take to help save energy in your home, such as putting tin foil behind radiators or boiling only the water you use in each kettle. You can also opt to look after your bills to switch to a lower tariff.
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