Heating bills have shot up a lot recently and seem to have picked up the attention of the media. It’s not just these guys that have been raising their prices though and some of you may already have noticed a change in all of your other bills too. To ensure you’re saving the most money you can here are some top tips on reducing ALL of your utility bills.
Gas bills will mainly shoot up because of our heating but there may be other appliances we use that can boost the costs up too. If you have a gas cooker then it may not be as efficient as it could be and that can cost you a lot of money! It may be time to upgrade your appliance to something that is a little more energy efficient whether that still be gas or perhaps moving onto electricity. Use the energy efficiency ratings that come with appliances to find out whether it would be saving you money in the long run to invest in a brand new cooker. Ratings such as A+ and upwards can make a big impact on how much your utility bills come to each year.
Water is one of those utilities that we don’t tend to think as much of as gas or electricity, but it can be just as important. Wasting water can cost you an absolute fortune, as well as being environmentally irresponsible. There are lots of ways to cut down on your water bills that are as simple as turning the tap off when brushing your teeth or having a shower instead of a bath. You can also have special devices fitted to your taps and shower head that will cut down on the amount of water that is wasted. Remember to keep your taps and water appliances in good working order as a dripping tap can really add up over the course of a year.
In most houses this will be the one bill that really hits the bank balance hard every month, quarter or year. Electricity is likely to be the most used utility in your home and can therefore rack up before you know it. There are some obvious ways to cut down on these bills such as making sure you turn the lights off when you leave a room or turning the television off when you go to bed. You can also save a fortune on bills by having more energy efficient appliances in your home. Just like with a gas cooker being upgraded there are many appliances that use electricity and could be draining your energy supply. Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers and ovens are just some of the appliances many of us will have. It could be that the older models are not very energy efficient at all and this could be costing you a lot of unnecessary money. Have a look for high energy efficiency rated appliances and slowly begin to replace the ones that are oldest. Although you will be spending money to start with, the savings will be apparent almost immediately.