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How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills

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It is hard to escape the fact that the cost of living is rising and one of the biggest culprits behind the escalating prices is the cost of energy. Gas and electric bills are at an all-time high with no reprieve in sight. As such it is down to users to help limit the soaring prices and take action to help reduce monthly bills. Here are some steps to help you take proactive steps to keep the cost of your monthly bills down. 

Upgrade your appliances 

If your appliances are on the older side or due an upgrade in the foreseeable future it might be time to bite the bullet and invest in new appliances. Older appliances will not be as energy-efficient as newer models on the market, which could result in considerable monthly savings. Although there is an initial outlay, if the time is right then don’t put off your upgrade any longer. You will soon recoup that initial expense. 

Get your boiler serviced 

Arranging a boiler service with a local engineer is a great cost-effective way to not only get a longer life span from your boiler but to help reduce energy bills also. By routinely checking the elements that make up your boiler and ensuring they are cleaned and maintained you will reduce the risk of your boiler failing or providing less heat. A regular service can make all the difference to the lifespan and efficiency of your boiler. 

Turn things off, properly 

When it comes to turning off your appliances, electricals and gadgets this means turning them off standby also. If an appliance is connected to a power source be sure to turn off that source completely. Further to this, instead of letting laptops and chargers go into sleep or standby mode overnight consider shutting them down. Leaving electronics plugged into power sources costs you money, money that you do not need to be spending. So resist the urge to use the standby function and turn appliances off at the source. 

This also counts for the lights in your home. If you are not in a room then the light does not need to be on. Make sure every household member makes a concerted effort to switch off all the lights when they leave a room. 

A top tip; replace your bulbs with LED bulbs to help you save even more. 

Dry your washing outside

It is easy to take your washing straight from the machine and put it into the dryer. However each time you fire up your tumble dryer you are paying for the pleasure. As long as the weather permits, hang your washing out to dry on the line. 

A top tip; washing at 30 uses less energy than a 40degree washing cycle. 

A shower is cheaper than a bath 

As lovely as a long hot soak in a deeply filled bath is, the reality is a shower is much cheaper and considerably more environmentally friendly. So, swap your bath for a shower as often as you can. 

Finance

Finding Deals to Pay Necessary Bills

Take the time to save money

There is always a good time to sit down and think about your finances, to work out if you could actually be saving a little bit more than you already are. Savings don’t just have to be for a rainy day fund. Instead, you could be looking to a family holiday or to make sure your Christmas presents are extra special this year. So here are some suggestions for you to make sure you aren’t spending unnecessarily when you could be preparing for something big.

Bills

The bane of everyone’s life, bills. From electricity to water and everything in between we don’t want to pay them but we have to. Fortunately, there are options out there to help you save. Starting with household bills, consider using comparison websites that are designed to specifically reduce your outgoings. You might think it isn’t worth it, but actually, the savings can be quite significant especially with so many companies competing for your business.

In addition to running the house, you also have the other expenses. The ones we don’t need for heat or health, but we wouldn’t be able to do without. These are your phone, internet and other subscriptions. Once again you should be looking at comparison websites for your internet, but don’t be afraid to give your provider a call if you think you aren’t getting the best deal. Often the customer service representative is under instruction to keep business and will therefore go above and beyond to help you.

Finding Deals to Pay Necessary Bills

When it comes to mobile phones, the cost can be staggering. This is especially true when you have a family that all want their own data and text message options. However, the providers of these plans are starting to get wise to this and as a result fairer prices plans like Xfinity Mobile phones are starting to become more popular.

Make sure any bill you sign up for is done with thorough research. It may seem tiresome, but you’ll be thankful when you’re feet are up on the beach next year.

Food Shopping

Our grocery bills are also one of those things that can be significantly affected by having more mouths to feed. The average cost of a weekly food shop for a UK household is up to £89, but it can be reduced by shopping around and once again using the internet to help.

There is a bountiful of websites out there which are offering discount codes and vouchers to use in supermarkets around the country, so make sure you are taking advantage of these options when you are getting out there to shop.

There can sometimes seem to be a social stigma attached to using vouchers, but there shouldn’t be. We should take pride in finding good deals and paying less for our weekly shop when possible.

Once again, don’t think about the stress now of findings these deals. Think about the happy faces at Christmas when your hard-earned savings has helped the family to extra gifts.

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