There is only so much we can control our expenses and utilities are absolutely essential expenditure so we cannot cut them out completely. However, it’s not much fun spending money on utilities so I suggest you reduce your utility bills as much as possible and use that money towards your goals which could include fun money spending or saving for some big goal! So to help you out I’m giving you a big long list of ways to reduce your utility bills. Don’t pay more than you have to for your gas and electricity.
27 ways to save money on utilities:
- Check the price per unit of your electricity and gas providers and compare this to others on the market. Websites like Bonkers are a great tool for this.
- Shop around for discounts and special offers with different utility companies.
- Ask for a loyalty discount or credit on your account to renew your contract with your current provider
- Many service providers offer discounts for online billing and paying your bill by direct debit. Ask about and available of these discounts.
- Turn off radiators during the summer so you are only heating the water you need.
- Use your heating intermittently e.g. one hour on followed by 30 minutes off to reduce the overall amount of time it is on.
- Take advantage of hot water bottles and blankets to stay cosy.
- Shut internal doors to prevent heat from escaping the room.
- Turn off and unplug appliances so you are not paying for ‘vampire’ electricity.
- Opt for energy efficient appliances.
- Wash your clothes at lower temperatures – 30 degrees works well for most.
- Boil only the amount water needed when you are turning on the kettle.
- Only turn on your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.
- Take showers instead of baths – they require less hot water.
- Only heat as much water as you need when turning on the immersion.
- Invest in double glazed glass for your doors and windows.
- Block draughts using draught excluders to keep the cold out.
- Use heavy curtains for extra insulation.
- Insulate your water tank using a lagging jacket to keep the heat in.
- Set your heating on a timer so it is only on for the amount of time needed. You can get a timer to do the same for your lights also.
- Reduce your thermostat by 1 degree.
- Get your gas boiler serviced annually to maintain efficiency.
- Purchase energy efficient light bulbs.
- Utilise dimmer switches to keep lights on low and turn off all lights in rooms that are not in use.
- Use your clothes line – it’s way cheaper than the tumble dryer.
- Don’t heat unused rooms. Turn off the radiators in rooms not in use.
- Audit your home energy use using an app to see how much it’s actually costing you to use various appliances around the home.
You could do all, one or a combination of these ideas to keep your bills down and save you money. Try it out and see how much money you can save on your utilities that could be used for something way more fun.
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