Save money on your energy bills

Save on your energy bills

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How do you save money on your energy bills without having to spend a single penny?

Well the answer is quite simple.  You start by knowing what type of energy you use, in what quantities and at what cost. This information is available on your energy bill(s).  On the bill(s) you will see how much you have used over the past quarter/ month, some bills will even state how much you have used over the past year which is exactly what you need in order to get an accurate picture of your energy usage.
Looking at your bills will tell you a lot like if you have been using a lot of electricity – if so do you know why?  Is it because you have electric heating?  Is it because you have a lot of lights on?  I know for example that in the summer our household uses a lot of gas due to the family taking a lot of showers.  In the winter it is due to us using the central heating which is run of a gas boiler.  The first thing to do when considering how to save money on your energy bill(s) is to think about how you are using energy around the home (or business)  and see if you can explain why you think your consumption is where it is.
The next thing is to consider is the cost of energy.  Do you know how much you are spending on energy?  If not then again have a look at your latest energy bill.  Most people probably don’t know what unit rates they are paying.  They probably don’t know that electricity is 4 times dearer than has.
Have a look at your bills, do the rates stated on your bill reflect what you think you should be paying?  If they seem high it could be the case that you are being supplied on an ‘Out of Contract’ rate i.e. you have run over your contract terms and so are now on the suppliers variable rate (similar to a mortgage). It could be the case that you have moved into a new flat or house and are simply being supplied on the original suppliers variable rates as you are not in contract with anyone.
The first way, and easiest way to save money is to check that you are not being charged ‘Out of Contract’ rates.  To know this simply go to google and do a search on your suppliers ‘Out of Contract’ rates.  For example if you are with British Gas you can see their ‘Out of Contract’ rates by clicking here
Simply use the search term “{your supplier name} Out of Contract Rates“.  This should get you to the same sort of page as shown in the BG example above.
If you are on Out of Contract rates then you are on the worse rates possible and so you should go to The Comparison Centre use the comparison platform tool and see if you can get a better deal.  It is possible you could save up to £350 simply by doing this exercise. If you are in contract it may still be worth your while doing the same check at The Comparison Centre just to make sure you are still on the best deal. It is possible for people in existing contracts to get better deals given the number of new entrants into the market (keen to win business). Please note you should check your current supply contract with your current supplier to make sure that there are no exit penalties should you decide to switch supply.
Assuming you now have the best deal on the market what do you do next to reduce you energy costs?  The answer comes down to how you use your energy.  Are you using the cheapest source of energy available to you for doing the things you need to do?
This is a bit of a trick question as you not only have access to energy such as electricity and gas but you also have access to natural energy such as the sun, wind and even water which are all FREE.
Consider one area of your energy use which is clothes washing.  How do you wash and dry your clothes?   Do you use a tumble drier or the drying cycle on your washing machine?  If you do then you could be using a lot of unnecessary energy.  In the past what people used to do what squeeze the water out of their clothes using a mangle before hang them up on the clothes line in the back garden.  Doing things the “good old way’ could help you save a lot of money over the year.  Have a think and see where you think you could do things differently to save energy. Even squeezing you wet washing before throwing it in your A++ Rated tumble dryer will save you money (lighter load and less water to remove).
Swopping expensive energy with a cheaper source of energy is a great way to save money. Think about cooking.  Gas is a lot cheaper than electricity.  It may be the case you have an efficient electric oven and a gas hob (like I do).  Cooking things on the gas hob is a lot cheaper than cooking things in your electric oven simply because electricity is 4 times more expensive than gas.  Heating things in your Microwave is a lot cheaper than heating things in your electric oven.  Cutting down your use of electricity by either using natural resources of energy, as previously proposed, or swopping electricity with another forms of energy such as natural gas or by using a more efficient form of tech (microwave) will all save you money.  Where you need to use electricity then try and use as little as possible.
Finally, the easiest way to save money on your energy bills is to get someone else to pay for energy efficiency improvements. Energy companies have an obligation to reduce their carbon footprints and to do that they subsidise the installation of energy efficiency tech.  You should have a look on the internet and see if you are eligible to get the free installation of a gas boiler, roof or wall insulation or even free LED lights.  Getting free energy efficient tech installed could save you a lot of money for nothing. A good starting point is to do a search on google for the ECO Scheme.
By simply changing how you use energy you could save a lot of money on your energy bills. To get more “alternative” energy saving tips have a look at the other blogs on our website.

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