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How can I save on household energy bills?

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Whether you have a large family or a small one, it is likely that you can save a lot of money by cutting down on your energy bills. The average family is paying for the standard energy rate, so this means that most people can save a lot by changing suppliers and making their home more energy efficient. Cutting down on heating, electricity, and gas can help you keep more money in your pocket. Energy doesn’t have to be so expensive, it can be reasonable if you know how to save. Here are a few ways to do this.

Switch Suppliers

How long has it been since you switched your energy policy? If it has been longer than three years, there’s a good chance that you can save some money by getting a new provider. After around this many years, you will probably be bumped to the standard or default rate, which will not be the best deal that you can get. Most fixed rate deals expire and the company won’t tell you when they do. You could be saving a whole lot every year just by switching from the most expensive standard default tariff to the cheapest one you can find on the market.

Even so, these savings used to be greater. Before the introduction of a price cap, you could save hundreds. It is best not to put off switching providers that will be a better deal for you in the end. With around 58 percent of families on a standard rate, most people can save by changing from one provider to another.

Maintain Your Property

When the home is not kept up as far as the infrastructure goes, you will pay a lot more during the winter months. You should make sure that your gutter is secure and free of debris. See to it that drains are not blocked. Inspecting any timbers and brickwork will allow you to determine if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. Another thing you should do is check external pipes, taps, and hoses. This will help you make sure that they are drained, turned off, and insulated. It may seem simple, but if you do your best to make sure your home is energy efficient and sustainable, you will not just be doing the right thing. You will be saving yourself and your family a lot of money.

Buy a Smart Thermostat

While it may feel counter-intuitive to buy something to save money, investing in a smart thermostat will actually help you a lot in the long-run. Technology is revolutionizing the way we look at energy, and smart thermostats are no different. They work like any other thermostat, but with more features and benefits. According to the experts at the website MoneyPug, a platform used to compare utilities, you can control the temperature of the home remotely, wherever you have internet. You can also keep the temperatures of each room different than the rest. This not only provides comfort to each individual, it can save on heating when someone doesn’t want it so warm in their room.

Smart thermostats also provide sophisticated features. For example, machine learning allows the system to learn your daily routine, when you are home and at what temperature you typically like it. It is also able to change the temperature of the property based on the changing weather patterns. These aren’t the only settings and features, but each smart thermostat is different and you get what you pay for.

Use LEDs

Another way to easily cut down on energy bills is to use the most effective and efficient light bulbs. LEDs are much cheaper and long-lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs. These can save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime and will likely pay for themselves in the first few months. Buy the right bulb for the space you are lighting and always make sure to turn them off when you leave the room. That way they will last a really long time and provide the longevity you need to save energy and the costs of buying more bulbs.

There are many ways to cut down on the cost of energy. These are not the only answers but they are a good place to start. Whether you have a big home or a small apartment, all of us could do with saving money on energy. Let’s get going today!

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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