How to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your bills
- February 4, 2022
- Posted by: Kalina Ilarionova
- Category: TFS News
With energy prices rising and multiple suppliers closing down, many of us are seeing higher gas and electricity bills. At such uncertain times when every penny counts, it is worth looking at ways to reduce energy consumption and save money on your bills.
Before you start
Know your provider:
- To find your gas supplier or your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) you can use the Find my Supplier search tool
- To find your electricity supplier you can use the Energy Network Association search tool
Understand your bill:
- “Tariff Name” – it is required to compare providers
- “Your Usage” – it shows your annual consumption of energy
- “Exit Fee” – this is how much you will be charged if you leave the tariff early
Consider switching your energy tariff or provider
You can use comparison websites to find out if you can save by switching. Alternatively, you can call different energy providers and see what they offer.
Before switching, consider factors such as:
- Price point
- Use of renewable energy sources (environmentally-friendly)
For more information on switching, see Ofgem’s advice.
Below are some tips to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint:
Adjust your cooking habits
- Cooking in bulk reduces the cost per meal when it comes to energy use
- Using microwave oven consumes less energy than an electric hob
- Filling up the kettle to the top every time means it takes longer for it to boil – only fill it with the amount of water that you need
Re-consider your laundry habits
- Only run your washing machine on a full load
- Do your washing at a lower temperature wherever possible
- Avoid the tumble dryer and instead, dry your clothes on racks where possible
Think about your water consumption
- Swap your bath for a shower at least once a week
- Spend less time in the shower – every minute counts towards your energy and water bills
- Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
Lights in your home
- Switch off the lights – it takes less energy to switch it back on even for a few seconds
- Use energy-saving light bulbs – LED bulbs consume less energy and last up to ten times longer than normal light bulbs
Heating in your home
- Turn down the room thermostat to the “lowest comfortable temperature”, which according to the Energy Saving Trust is between 18C and 21C
- Use your central heating timer to turn your heating on and off, and not the room thermostat
- Bleed your radiators to keep them working efficiently – you can follow British Gas’ guide on how to do it
Following these simple tips could help you save money on your energy bills, as well as doing your bit for the planet!