According to MoneySavingExpert, the average home owner in the UK spends £1,400 a year on the standard gas and electric tariff – about £110 per month. If you’re looking to reduce the amount you spend on your gas, electric, and home energy, the following tips might help.
8 Ways to Save Money on Your Heating
- Use less heat at night. It’s most cold in the evenings and this means you tend to run the heating higher and for longer. Instead, put heavier blankets on your bed and turn the heating right down when the family retires for the evening. Your body makes its own heat when you sleep anyway and the thicker blanket will make the change unnoticeable.
- Check your insulation. A great way to avoid using too much heat is by regularly checking your doors and windows to make sure no cold air is getting through. You can then use draught excluders or weather stripping to prevent the cold getting in.
- Check and upgrade old appliances. If you have appliances like microwaves, kettles etc that are 8-10+ years old then it is likely that new, more energy efficient models have been made in the mean time. The cost of replacing a few of these appliances might be less than you save in energy costs over the next 5-10 years and is therefore very worthwhile to do.
- Use ceiling fans. If you have a ceiling fan, did you know that you can run it in reverse and it will bring the warm air down from the ceiling – meaning you need to spend less on heating. This is especially useful if you have high or vaulted ceilings.
- Use space heaters for individual rooms. Heating your entire home if you’re spending 90% of your time in one room is innefficent. Instead, you could consider using space heaters to heat up only the room(s) you are using. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer safety guidelines so you don’t burn any furniture!
- Program your thermostat. Automating your heating system using a programmable panel will reduce the likelihood of you putting the heat up and using more energy than is necessary. If the temperature goes below 17 degrees, you could use the thermostat to raise this to 19 automatically – before you notice it is getting cold and set it to 21 by default!
- Ask your supplier for a cheaper tariff. While the average home owner spends £1,400 a year on the standard tariff, MoneySavingExpert found that the cheapest tariff was actually £1,150. By simply asking your current supplier and comparing with the competition, you could save £250 a year.
- Get a fixed price energy tariff. If you want long term savings and no price increases, energy suppliers like EDF and Scottish Power will let you fix prices for a minimum term (i.e. two years) so you know your energy costs will remain stable – and hopefully less if you use some of the other energy saving tips in this article.
These energy saving tips could definitely save you a fair amount of money on heating your home and many of them are easy to implement right away.
If you have any ideas or ways to reduce your energy costs further, you can share them in the comments below.
About the author
Ian Nuttall is the online editor at DebtHelpScotland.co.uk – a leading provider of debt solutions for Scottish residents. He enjoys helping people, new ideas and paying less on his energy bills wherever possible!