Since the lockdown began, the average gas and electricity bill has risen by almost 40 percent.
With more of us working from home, we are using more energy than ever before – and that is expensive.
This week is Big Energy Saving Week and activists are working to help people cut their fuel bills.
1. Replace regular lightbulbs with LEDs – £ 940 per year (up to 75 percent savings)
One of the easiest changes you can make, but one that could save you nearly $ 1,000 a year, is to replace your standard lightbulbs with LED alternatives. LED lights come in all shapes and sizes and are incredibly energy efficient, which works wonders for your wallet.
Holly says, “LED lamps use a fraction of the electricity that regular lamps do. Most LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy, which saves you a lot of money on your bill. “
With an average UK gas and electricity bill of £ 1,254 each year, this means you can save up to £ 940 a year with this simple promotion.
2. Keep your blinds and curtains open longer – £ 752 per year (up to 60 percent savings)
Try to make the most of the sun’s heat and let in as much natural light as possible into your home. This reduces the time it takes to turn on electric lights and heating and saves you money.
Holly says, “It is tempting to turn the lights on in the early evening and keep the curtains or blinds closed. However, try to keep them open until sunset, especially in the summer months, as the natural light and warmth can help keep them open. that you save around 60 percent of your bills while you have the light on all the time. “
3. Don’t heat empty rooms – £ 414 per year (up to 33 percent)
Every extra room you heat increases your bill significantly. So if you don’t spend a lot of time in a room, e.g. For example, one that you use for storage should be kept cool.
Holly says, “If you have rooms in the house that you aren’t using, turn off the radiators and close the doors, especially in winter. This can cut your bill by up to a third, depending on how many rooms you don’t use. “
4. Move your sofa away from the radiator – £ 125 per year (up to 10 percent)
Large pieces of furniture absorb heat. So if you put sofas or armchairs in front of your radiator, the heat will not circulate in the room. This means it will take longer to heat your home to add to your bill.
Holly says, “Moving your sofa even six inches from the radiator will allow heat to flow around the room much more effectively. This can save you up to 10 percent on your bills.
“The more space there is between furniture and radiators, the better. However, as the heat increases, you can get away with smaller gaps if you don’t have a lot of space in the room.”
5. Move furniture away from outside walls – £ 125 a year (up to 10 percent)
You will feel the cold more when you sit against an outside wall. So try to move your furniture away from the outside of the house whenever possible.
Says Holly, “If you can design your house so that most of the furniture is against the inside walls, you should feel warmer. You will feel the heat all over the house instead of the cold penetrating from the outside. This should allow you to turn the heating on for shorter periods of time and cut your bill by 5 to 10 percent. “
Corner sofas especially ensure that a room feels warmer, as there is less space for drafts. Make sure that at least a length of the sofa is against an interior wall for the most benefit.
Amy Forster, Content Executive at ScS, said, “Lockdown kept people indoors longer, so the bills have gone up over the past year.
“This means that cost-cutting measures will be very valuable as we move into 2021, especially those that are easy to implement like the five listed here.”