Negosentro | How To Reduce Your Energy Bills | We’re living in a difficult time, and although there is sure to be a solution to the problem on the horizon (because things just cannot go on the way they are), we’re not there yet. The biggest issue is energy costs and how much more it will cost to heat a home – or use any kind of energy within a building – compared to the past. Just a few months ago, things were cheaper, for example.
That’s the bad news, but the good news is that there are some things you can do to help yourself and ensure that your energy bills are at least a little lower. Some are easier than others, but all will make a difference. Read on to find out more.
Turn Your Thermostat Down
You may have heard this advice before and perhaps ignored it – after all, when it’s cold outside, you’ll want to have your heating on and not freeze inside. However, although that is a good plan, and you certainly do want to stay warm, it is possible to be warm and turn your thermostat down enough to save on your bills.
The truth is that you only need to turn the thermostat down by one or two degrees. You won’t feel too much difference – if any – in terms of how warm you are, but you will see a difference when your energy bill becomes due; it will be a good deal less.
Get Your Boiler And HVAC Serviced
Although this idea means spending money initially, the money you save may well be worth it. When your boiler and heating systems are old or haven’t been serviced for a long time, they may not be working efficiently. It will take them longer to reach the right temperature, and they’ll have to work harder to maintain that temperature, meaning they’ll cost you more to run.
If you have them serviced annually, ideally just before the cold weather starts, you’ll find they are much more efficient and work better, costing you less in the long run. At some point, they will need to be replaced, of course. When you do replace these units, make sure you buy energy-efficient versions. For example, air conditioning without outdoor unit is more energy efficient as you don’t have to have any part of your home open to the elements.
Don’t Use Radiators In Empty Rooms
In some homes, every room is used every day. For others, it will just be the bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Even then, not all of these rooms are occupied at all times – the bedroom, for example, may well be empty for many hours when you’re not sleeping. Another excellent way to save money on your energy bills is not to use radiators in empty rooms. This sounds simple, and that’s because it is. All you have to do is turn off, or at least turn down, radiators that are currently heating rooms no one is using. This could be a spare bedroom or a dining room, for example.
When you do this, you’ll save money because you’ll only heat the areas of the house that actually need to be heated. If your room usage varies daily depending on who’s at home and what they’re doing, you might want to get a smart thermostat. These are easier to control (via an app) and can be adjusted quickly to ensure you are getting the most out of your heating and not wasting energy.
Try Passive Cooking
If you’ve never heard of passive cooking, you won’t be the only one – it’s a relatively new idea that has come about partly due to the energy crisis and partly because expert chefs have found it can actually be a better way to cook things.
Passive cooking just means that you heat your water for a short time if you need to boil something, and the water and the pan should retain enough heat to continue cooking your food even after you turn the stove off. Of course, every different type of food will need a different time for passive cooking, and some experimentation will be involved. Still, it could be an idea worth looking into, especially if you often boil pasta, rice, or vegetables for dinner.
Submit Your Meter Readings
Did you know that you should submit your meter readings to your energy company once a month? Sometimes they will remind you, but often they won’t, so you should put it into your diary to ensure you don’t forget.
It’s a good idea to submit your meter readings because your energy usage will be more accurate, and you can save money this way. If the energy company doesn’t have your meter readings, they will estimate what they think you have used and charge you for that, and they will more often estimate high. You could be paying much more than you need to. If you submit an accurate reading after months of paying the estimated bill, you might even be due some money back.