10 Top tips to save money on your electricity costs
It seems that the only way is up for energy bills. Your electricity bill may well bring water to your eyes every time it drops through your letterbox.
Any tips and suggestions for saving money on those electricity costs is likely to be warmly received – so here are just a few:
- clothes washed in a slightly lower temperature are unlikely to come out any less clean, so consider reducing the setting from 40º, let’s say, to 30º – according to British Gas, this simple step might save up to a third of the electricity consumed;
- warranty insurance from us here at KAPUT is a prudent move, of course, but that’s no reason to run all your kitchen appliances all of the time or willy-nilly – fill the kettle with only the water you need, for instance, and remember to close the fridge or freezer door once you’ve opened it;
- neither does it solve the problem entirely if you only switch them off – leaving appliances on standby, in the kitchen or anywhere else in the house for that matter, might be costing you around £30 a year, says the Energy Saving Trust;
- give yourself just one short minute less under the shower each year and you might be saving yourself £10 a year on the energy bill and a further £10 a year on the water and sewerage charges – that’s an appreciable £80 a year for a family of four;
- there is still room in any home, that is less than brand spanking new, for the humble draught excluder to help save you from trying to heat your garden as well as inside – draught excluding kits for windows and doors and the simple blocking of gaps in the floors and skirting make the job perfectly manageable, even for the most DIY-challenged;
- use the technology – you are probably surrounded by an array of gadgets such as smartphones, tablets and computers, so why not invest in in the similar technology for controlling your heating in a more sophisticated way, though even the installation of thermostats in each room might go a long way to cutting your energy costs;
- you might have grown up with the reminder to turn the lights off whenever you leave a room, and for good reason too – even if you are leaving for just a few seconds, it is still saving energy during that time and the accumulated savings during the course of a year might be as much as £15;
- on the subject of lighting, are you using LED rather than fluorescent or CFL light bulbs? Switching to LED might be a way of saving yourself as much as £35 a year;
- if you've got your electircal items covered for breakdown insurance - checkout KAPUT Appliance Insurane who automatically add multi-item discount every time you add another appliance. KAPUT are currently offering "12 months cover for the price of 10" - that's 17% off - which could also save you up to £80.80 a year. If you're a saavy saver and use cashback websites like TopCashBack or Quidco - you can save another 10% off the policy price. So you could save over £120 in total a year!
- finally, when you have spent all this time in simple economising tricks, make sure that you understand the bill you are receiving at the end of the month – it tells you not only how you are using your electricity but also whether or not you are on the most appropriate tariff.
Saving money on your electricity consumption is hardly rocket science – yet the savings over the course of any one year might be just the ticket.
Domestic freezers are notorious for the amount of energy they consume. If you are looking for ways of protecting the investment you made in the purchase of your freezer, there are two important ways of going about it:
Whether you are about to buy a new or second hand appliance, you might want to consider the benefits of an entirely separate, standalone form of domestic appliance breakdown insurance.
It seems that the only way is up for energy bills. Any tips and suggestions for saving money on those electricity costs is likely to be warmly received – so here are just a few: