This post was written by USwitch.
With gas and electricity prices spiraling, consumers are looking for ways of saving money. As well as establishing an energy saving regime in the home which can reduce the average fuel bill by up to £250 according to the Government it is worth shopping around to compare electricity prices and the cost of gas to get the best deal.
These days, consumers are much less likely to stick with the same gas and electricity supplier long term. With so many energy comparison resources around it is easy to compare gas and electricity prices and find the best deal for your personal circumstances and energy use.
Before you start to compare energy prices make sure you have some of your most recent energy bills to hand, ideally covering a whole year so you know, when you do compare energy prices, how much energy you have used through both the summer and the winter. Using the information will help you to make a more informed energy comparison as you may find some suppliers charge more or less per unit depending on how many units of gas or electricity you use.
When you compare gas and electricity prices, examine the various deals on offer from different suppliers. Many suppliers offer a discount if you take both gas and electricity from them which needs to be taken into account when making an energy comparison. Some will have a price freeze promise in place until a certain date and others may offer a capped charge which will be kick started when electricity prices reach a specified level. It can feel like something of a juggling act when you compare electricity prices and gas prices.
As well as taking the time to compare energy prices you can make substantial savings by implementing energy saving practices in the home which can have the added benefit of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and therefore helping the environment.
Government grants are available to help towards the cost of major energy saving improvements such as installing insulation into your home or having a new, more energy efficient boiler. Many UK homes are not insulated to the recommended level and up to half of a home’s heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roof, costing up to £145 a year, so it is worth ensuring that you have adequate cavity wall and roof insulation. Grants are also available towards installing renewable energy heating technology in the home such as solar panels, biomass boilers or air, ground or water source heat pumps.
Small changes can also save money. You can save £25 a year by using energy saving light bulbs and switching the light off when you leave a room will add to that saving. Make sure you switch electrical appliances such as TVs and computers off at the power source rather than leaving them on standby.
In the kitchen, only put enough water in the kettle for the amount you need and put lids on pans so the water boils more quickly. Do not leave the fridge door open any longer than you need to and use a microwave rather than an oven to heat small amounts of food. Try to fill the dishwasher or washing machine before starting the wash cycle and normally soiled clothes can be washed effectively in a washing machine at just 30C. Installing an energy efficient boiler could save up to £225 annually and turning the thermostat down could save £50 in a year. The savings from these minor changes alone could fuel 2 million new homes according to the latest government statistics!
So, are you wasting energy and money? What kind of changes can you make in your home?