We could all do with spending less on our energy bills. While paying for energy is wholly necessary for enjoying home comforts like heating, hot water and electricity, the cost of energy seems ever on the rise and is a lot to fork out for each month. So how can you reduce the amount you pay? The team at Fletchers Heating & Plumbing Ltd explain below - and for further advice just give us a call on 07919 156562.
Change your energy supplier
Doing this is now simple and easy, and can save you hundreds of pounds a year. You can use a comparison site to find out which supplier will work best for you, then after you switch, keep an eye on prices and be prepared to change again the following year (or when your fixed contract ends) to keep making savings. If you don’t already, changing your payments to a direct debit scheme is also almost always cheaper.
Lower your thermostat
Naturally, you want your house to feel warm, but by lowering your thermostat just one degree from its usual number can save you money every month. You could also consider installing a Smart thermostat, which works out the optimum thermostat temperature, and can also only heat the rooms you are using rather than the whole house.
Reduce water use
Shower timers are an easy way to save a few quid per person over the year, as reducing the length of your shower by just a minute will cost less annually. Some newer shower heads are also thought to be more efficient, using up less water than older models.
Service your boiler
Servicing your boiler is a great way to reduce energy costs, as well as saving you money in other areas, too. Having an annual service makes your boiler run more efficiently, as during it your engineer will clear away dust and debris that prevents it performing as well. This means your boiler heats water quicker and costs you less to run. It can also prevent costly repairs further down the line as a service is a chance to spot small problems before they become big ones.
Taking the following simple steps can help reduce your electricity usage and therefore bills:
Use energy saving light bulbs
Wash your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees when possible
Turn appliances off at the plug instead of leaving them on stand by
Insulate your home
Bigger investments like double glazing and loft insulation will make you the biggest savings on energy bills as they’ll keep your home warmer even before you put the heating on. However, if you can’t afford such substantial costs, you can still help insulate your home by sealing cracks in the floor or skirting and using draft excluders around the doors and the letter box.
Need help with your gas appliances in Hillingdon and beyond?
If you need further help with your plumbing and heating appliances, feel free to get in touch. The friendly team at Fletchers Plumbing & Heating Ltd serve customers throughout the Hillingdon borough and surrounding counties including Berkshire, Bucks and Rickmansworth. You can call us on 07919 156562, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us online.