It’s really easy to run up a big energy bill, as you don’t see the pennies start to tot up until you get the bill itself.
So what are the best ways to cut down on your monthly bills? We’ve got a few tips that may help.
1) Turn it down
Lots of us have our heating on higher than we need it, especially during the winter months. A good trick would be to turn down your thermostat by 1 degree, see if you still feel warm enough, and then turn it down again by another degree, until you start to feel the cold. It also goes without saying that an extra layer, a blanket, or a hot water bottle works wonders when it’s a bit chilly – and it doesn’t cost anything too.
2) Check around
While it can be easier to stay with your existing providers when the renewal period comes around, it’s definitely worthwhile checking what’s available on price-comparison sites too. You could save yourself a lot in the long-run. Also – it may be worthwhile calling your existing providers and ask if they can better your renewal quote as a loyal customer, sometimes they can be sneaky and up your bills and hope you don’t notice.
3) Cut back
If you don’t think you are making use of your internet allowance, or your telephone or television package, it’s well-worth consulting your previous bills and your provider and cutting back. There’s no sense paying for it if you don’t use it.
4) Think smart
It’s so easy to spend your money, but there are simple ways to cut back. For example…
- Don’t fill your kettle all the way to the top – just fill it for as much as you need.
- Wash your clothes on a 30 degree wash – a lot of detergents can clean clothes brilliantly at this temperature now.
- If you have a tumble dryer, only use it when you have to. Hanging clothes outside is so much cheaper, and if you hang items on hangers, they will dry in a better shape too.
- Turn off any appliances, lights, or chargers when you aren’t using them. Most appliances are fine to be turned off at the plug without damaging any settings.
Why not see what you could save?