How to cut your energy bills and live more sustainably
Cutting your energy usage and bills alike is very much an ongoing requirement nowadays for many households across the UK. People are more conscious to consume less energy and spend less in running their households. On the whole, the general public feel more of a duty to live in a more Eco Friendly and morally ethical way. Also, people want to feel as though they are making a difference in doing their bit.
Here are a few steps you can take to save money on your month to month utility bills:
- Consider changing utility provider. If you haven’t moved suppliers in the past few years you could save money on your bills. Despite energy companies promising to “simplify” tariffs, there are often significant differences between standard tariffs and best-buy rates.
- Closely monitor your usage. Those paying by direct debit should ensure that they are not building up a surplus. Monitor estimated usage and bills, and actual readings. You have the right to have surpluses repaid immediately.
- Make sure you are aware of different rates. You may not qualify for “business” rates but those who work from home on a regular basis can claim the energy they use as a business expense, which can be offset against your tax bill.
- Consider the right methods of insulation. Loft insulation can save you £120 a year but you may need an upfront payment of £300 to install it. However, many energy companies offer free loft or cavity wall insulation, or grants to help with other energy-saving measures. These are typically (although not exclusively) targeted at those on low incomes or a pension. Contact your gas or electricity supplier for more information. The Energy Saving Trust said simple measures such as fitting curtains across doors, blocking draughts and insulating windows could make an impact on heating bills.
These are all steps you can take of which are all easy to implement and which can make a massive difference to the amount of energy you emit. They can also make a massive difference from an environmental point of view.