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Energy Price Increase

25 October 2021

With energy prices set to increase, it makes more sense than ever to ensure you are doing all you can to reduce the impact this has on your finances. Below are some handy tips to save money on your energy bills 

 

1. Switch Off Lights - Saving up to £10

Perhaps the easiest one to do on the list - switching lights off when not in use can save you around £10 a year.

 

2. Plug Drafts - Saving up to £20

You can save up to £20 a year just by stopping heat escaping through gaps around door and window frames. Professionally fitted draft proof strips are a cost effective way to do this. It is also worthwhile inspecting letterboxes and keyholes for drafts. Draft excluders can minimise drafts from the bottom of doors. You can use a flexible silicone to fill gaps in skirting and floor boards.

 

3. Be Kitchen Savvy - Saving around £30

Using a washing-up bowl rather than running water can save up to £20 a year. Reducing your washing machine use by one cycle a week and only filling your kettle with the amount of water you need could save around £10 a year.

 

 

4. Switch Appliances off Standby - Saving around £30

Remembering to turn appliances off to standby mode could save households around £30 each year.

The majority of appliances are safe to turn off at the wall without it affecting them - however, it is best to check the user manual to be certain. 

 

5. Switch to LED - Saving around £35

LED lights will cut your energy consumption  as they use far less energy than standard or halogen bulbs. They are generally not much more expensive, so next time you need to replace a bulb, it is worth considering swapping it with LED.

 

6. Replace your Shower Head, and Spend Less Time in the Shower - Saving up to £100

Switching to a water efficient shower head will reduce your hot water usage and save you money.

A four-person household could save up to £70 a year on gas for water heating. (Please note, this is only if you have a shower that is fed with hot water from your boiler. If you have an electric shower, this is not applicable.)

As well as changing your shower head, reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower by just one minute every day can slice up to £7 off your annual energy bill, per person.

 

7. Change how you use your Thermostat - Saving up to £80

Simply turning down your thermostat by one degree can reduce heating bills by £80 a year. It can also be worth investing in a smart thermostat so that only the rooms you are using are heated.

Smart thermostats learn how long it takes for your home to warm up so that the heating comes on at the right time and you can often set different temperatures for different rooms.

You can also operate smart thermostats remotely via your mobile phone, tablet or laptop so you can alter your heating on the go - which is useful if you’ve left your heating on and are away from home.

 

8. Insulate! - Saving up to £250

As much as  quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an uninsulated home and around a third through the walls. It’s therefore worth considering spending a few hundred pounds getting your home fully insulated. 

 

9. Upgrade your Boiler - Saving up to £300

If your boiler is more than 15 years old, it’s probably worth replacing it with a more modern energy-efficient A-rated model. All modern boilers are condensing boilers which means they have a larger heat exchanger and make better use of the heat they generate from burning fuels such as oil or gas.

Replacing a G-rated gas boiler with an A-rated one, can cost around £2,000, but can save you as much as £300 a year.

 

10. Check your Tariff - Saving up to £350

Checking you are on the right tariff could save you as much as £350 a year. If you haven't switched energy supplier or renewed your tarriff recently, you're probably paying out-of-contract rates, and cheaper deals are usually available. It's definitely worth shopping around for the best deal. There are some great comparison websites out there than can make this easier for you.

 

And finally... Katell Eco Fires are Eco Design compliant and are fitted with a thermostat, open window detection, are fully programmable and are some of the most energy efficient electric heater options you can get.

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