It really is starting to feel like the weather is changing and that we have taken that step from
summer to autumn. I have already admitted we turned the heating on not so long ago and as I
know that this is the time of year when energy bills rise, due to more usage, I am all for
managing to keep them down a little by bringing in good energy habits.
So here are a few things that might help you keep your bills down this winter.
Turn Things Off:
Hands up who is like me and can walk from room to room switching the lights on and
forgetting to turn them back off? I think perhaps it is one of the most common ways to waste
electricity, along with leaving appliances on standby instead of fully switching them off. Just
think of that electricity trickling away while you go about your business.
Turn Down Your Thermostat:
There are going to come times when you need to turn your heating on and that's OK. Of
course, it is good to put on more layers first, but you aren't going to make it all the way
through winter without some source of extra heat. However, have you thought about just
turning your thermostat down by 1 degree? I bet you won't notice the difference, but you will
save a few pennies.
Upgrade to Smart Meters:
Smart meters are the way of the future, lots of products and services are being created to help you control your home and make your life easier. Smart meters, for example are digital meters which come with a free smart energy monitor that shows you how much gas and electricity you are using in real time, so you can keep track of your spending. Smart meters also send meter readings directly to your energy supplier, so no more estimated bills and no more meter readers calling at your door. The smart energy monitor lets you see the impact of each appliance around your home as you switch them on and off meaning you can learn more about how much things cost and make decisions to use a bit less energy when you don’t need it and save on your bills.
Don't fill the Kettle:
A kettle takes a whole lot of energy to boil, honestly, if you have smart meters just watch it ramp up on your smart energy monitor when you switch it on to boil. So just fill it enough for what you need and stop filling it all the way to the top just for one cup of tea (OK maybe that's me).
Spend 1 Minute Less in the Shower:
It is interesting just how much you could save over the course of the year by just taking 1 minute less in the shower and really is that going to affect how clean you are that much? After all, most of us probably spend at least a couple of minutes daydreaming or wishing the day ahead didn't have to start, while standing under the water.
So there are a few ideas to hopefully bring your energy bills down this winter and start you off on some good energy habits, but what about you? Do you have any must follow hints and tips?