Tips to Cut down on your Energy Bills this Summer
There is a large emphasis on saving money on your energy bills in the winter, as we use our heating and possibly hot water more frequently. However, saving money in the summertime is often overlooked, but if we don’t keep a close eye on it, we can easily end up spending just as much in the summer with high air con and water bills, as we do in the winter!
So, we’re going to look at some things you can easily do around the home in an attempt to try and cut down the high bills that are posted through your letterbox.
Keep the sun out by keeping blinds closed throughout the day and when the sun is at its hottest. This will prevent the room from getting stifling hot – especially if you have a loft room!
Embrace the good, old-fashioned washing line. Dust off the cobwebs and hang it back up in the garden and start using this to dry out your washing, rather than relying on a dryer which uses up a lot of energy.
Do not regularly change the air-con temperature as this will not help save on energy. Try substitutes for air conditioning such as ceiling fans or you can cool the air that enters the house by placing a fan in front of the window.
During the night, try sleeping with the windows open for a cool breeze, rather than leaving the air-con on, or electric fans running.
What else is there to consider?
If you’ve tried all of the above and have failed to notice a difference in your energy bills, then you could try some of the following:
Change your supplier
Shop around for the best energy supplier, just like you would for home or car insurance. Which? Switch is an easy to use comparison website, so you can quickly check to see if you could be saving more pennies elsewhere.
This clever, handheld gadget can quickly tell you how much energy you are using, so you can clearly see which areas the cutbacks need to take place in. Check with your gas and electricity suppliers first before purchasing one, as some companies are giving them away for free.
Insulation of 270mm thickness on a 3 bedroom semi can typically save you up to £140 a year! There may be an initial pay out, but in the long run, a well insulated loft will help your house remain cooler in the summer and retain the heat in the winter!
Again, there will be an initial and rather hefty payout, but this will more than pay for itself over the years. Double glazing is far more efficient than single glazing as the blanket of air between the two panes of glass helps keep the heat out and therefore reduces the amount of heat that is transferred into your home.