Ahead of the Winter season, homeowners are looking for any solutions they can find to soaring heating bills as the radiators go on throughout Autumn and Winter. Many believe cutting costs involves dramatic changes to their lifestyle, but a few tweaks to your day to day routine can save you hundreds a year. Today, we’re breaking down our top 3 thrifty home habits to help you slash your monthly bills.
1. Don’t use appliances unnecessarily
One easy way to cut back on costs is to stop and think ‘do I really need to use this?’. As homes continue to develop with the latest in appliance technology, it’s easy to fall into a habit of prioritising convenience over expense.
For example, although a tumble dryer provides a quick and easy solution to your laundry needs, it costs roughly 40p per load. While that might not seem like much on the surface, these costs can quickly add up – especially if you’re a large family. Instead, simply consider drying your clothes outside, taking advantage of those Winter winds for a quick dry. And the best part? It’s completely free!
In the kitchen, think about simple changes you can put in place when making those hearty meals and cosy cuppas during the winter months. When boiling the kettle, only fill it with the amount of water you actually need. Again, though this may sound extreme at face value, three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles when boiling water – wasting a mammoth £68 million a year.
When cooking, consider using the microwave instead of the oven if possible. Conventional ovens operate at a much higher wattage and cook food much more slowly than microwaves, using greater amounts of energy at the expense of your bank account.
2. Develop an energy-saving consciousness
We all have bad habits around the house that contribute to higher energy bills. By developing an energy-saving consciousness, you’ll start taking more notice of the little things.
With 6.5 million Brits admitting to leaving lights on when they’re not in the room, failing to flick the switch upon leaving a room costs the homeowner an average of £64.51 a month. Therefore, remaining vigilant when it comes to leaving the lights on unnecessarily can result in massive savings.
Likewise, being wary of open doors can help to cut energy costs by preventing cold air from circulating around the house, simultaneously containing the heat you’ve generated in a smaller area. This creates fewer draughts, meaning less heating is required – subsequently saving you a bundle on monthly bills.
High-pressure showers actually use more energy than baths, so turn down the water pressure for a more energy-efficient shower. This will control the rate at which water comes out, meaning you can enjoy those warm winter washes beneath those therapeutic shower heads, without having to worry about the cost.
3. Adapt your current appliances
Ensuring your current home appliances are energy-efficient isn’t as big a task as you might think. Simple checks and changes can be made to ensure your appliances aren’t wasting your hard-earned cash.
Swapping all of your light bulbs (that are only turned on when you’re in the room, of course!) for energy-efficient bulbs can save you £6 per bulb every year. With plenty of lights in the house, that soon adds up.
Make sure your boiler is running smoothly by booking routine servicing. Not only will this make sure it’s working as efficiently as possible, but it will also flag up any major problems that could lead to an impending breakdown – potentially costing you large sums of money in the process.
Making small changes around the house can mean a dramatic difference to your overall bills. Coming up to Christmas, a little extra cash is always welcome – and following these 3 thrifty home habits will help you to create a more energy-efficient home that benefits both your wallet and the world around you.
Moosa Adam works at 1 Click Bathrooms, the UK’s online one-stop shop that helps homeowners build their dream bathroom piece by piece.