If your budget is stretched to the max, it’s a good idea to reduce your outgoings as much as possible. Surprisingly, some of the biggest savings can be made around the home, so what can you do to lower your utility costs?
Have your boiler checked
All major UK energy suppliers have now hiked up their prices, but there are ways to keep your expenses under control. If you have a gas boiler, for instance, arranging a central heating service with a company like HomeServe could save you money down the line. A registered engineer will check the efficiency of your system and ensure you’re not wasting electricity unnecessarily!
Save money in the kitchen
It takes a lot of energy to keep microwaves, cookers, washing machines and other kitchen essentials working, so try to minimise your output. Switch to an energy-efficient fridge-freezer if possible and get hold of a hob gas saver to reduce the amount of heat you waste. What’s more, try to wash your clothes by hand and fill your dishwasher to the brim before switching it on. To make further savings, only run the amount of water you need and wash up in a single bowl.
Turn off your electrical gadgets
Believe it or not, electrical gadgets plugged in or left on standby cost the UK up to £1.3 billion in electricity bills every year. That’s a significant amount of money, so try to remove all techy equipment and chargers from their sockets when they aren’t in use – including TVs, radios, video game consoles and other items that are frequently left on overnight. Even if you’re just popping out for a few hours, it’s definitely worth pulling the plug on anything you can.
Draught-proof your home
One of the best ways to keep your house warm in winter is to insulate solid or cavity walls. High-quality materials such as mineral wool, beads or foam are extremely effective and seal up both large and small gaps. If you can’t afford this home repair at the moment, however, other draught-proofing methods can help, so seal up your doors, double glaze your windows and add an extra layer to your curtains to try and keep out the cold.
Contact your providers
Everything from contents insurance to boiler cover can protect your home, but it’s worth searching around for the best deal. Whether you’re taking out a new policy, or looking to update an old contract, always carry out a price comparison in advance. This will help you see what’s available and give you an idea of what other people are charging.
Saving money can be easy if you put your mind to it, so why not give these few tips a go?