Smart Choices For Low Electricity Prices
If you think you’re paying too much for your electricity, there are a number of ways you could save money. Switching to a cheaper tariff could significantly reduce your electricity prices, as well as using energy efficient lightbulbs and remembering to switch off electrical items in your household when they are not in use.
Using an online energy comparison service is the quickest way to see if there is a cheaper alternative to the electricity supplier you are currently using. Simply enter in your postcode, fill in a short form and the online search engine will provide you with a list of tariffs available in your local area. From that list, you can choose the deal which looks right for you by comparing the costs of each service. There is also an option to compare gas prices, or gas and electricity prices combined, if you are looking to use the same supplier for an all-round service. If you find a deal which looks right for you, then you can use the webpage to quickly switch your electricity plan. You won’t need to do anything else – your new supplier will contact your old supplier to ensure a smooth transfer.
There is now a wide range of products which use a low amount of energy consumption. By switching to energy efficient lightbulbs, you can save money on your electricity bill. Fitting just one energy saving lightbulb can save you around ?2.50 a year – by replacing all your household lightbulbs with energy efficient lightbulbs, you could save around ?37 a year. Inefficient lightbulbs are being phased out over the next couple of years, helping everyone spend less on their electricity bills and benefitting the environment. Retailers are now gradually selling less and less of the inefficient bulbs, encouraging consumers to cut down on their energy consumption. Lightbulb manufacturers are also working to change their production lines so that they can meet the growing demand for energy efficient products. Replacing your lightbulb will really make a difference to your electricity bill – and don’t forget to switch lights off when you leave a room.
Making sure other electrical appliances are switched off when they are not in use is key to keeping an electricity bill low. Items such as televisions, DVD players, computers and laptops can all be left in standby mode automatically, using up a huge amount of energy even when they’re not in use. A TV that’s on standby still uses up a huge amount of electricity. If everyone in the UK turned their TV off properly every night, it would save more than ?66 million in electricity a year – enough to floodlight 250,000 Premiership football matches! It can be easy to assume that an electrical item is switched off, but it may just be lingering in standby mode and will need to be switched off properly or turned off at the socket before it is properly off. Laptops use a significantly lower amount of electricity than a desktop PC, however it is still a good idea to switch them off when they’re not in use, rather than just closing them. Also, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that your mobile phone charger is not in use if it’s not plugged into your phone, but if you haven’t switched it off at the mains, it is still using a large amount of electricity.
Keeping energy consumption low is a priority for many households currently, with rising fuel prices meaning that people are under pressure to keep costs down. Heating bills have been rising over the last couple of months, and the sale of energy efficient boilers has been growing in response. Making sure that your central heating is switched off if it is not needed is another way to keep running costs low, as well as setting an efficient timer to make sure your house is warm at the correct time of day, rather than wasting heat when there is no one home. Older boilers can also use up more energy without you realising, with heat being wasted through an inefficient system. The government are now offering incentives for people to replace their boilers, by introducing a Scrapping Scheme. The scheme offers households with inefficient ‘G’-grade boilers ?400 to replace their boiler with an energy efficient one, which could save them up to ?200 a year in heating costs. As well as saving money, domestic heating accounts for 13 percent of UK greenhouse gas emissions, and the introduction of energy efficient boilers will significantly reduce this amount.
There are a number of ways to keep household costs down when using energy. By implementing just a few of them at a time, you can save yourself a significant amount of money and help protect the environment. Check whether there is a cheaper tariff for your electricity costs, replace your boiler or just make sure your electrical items are switched off properly when they are not in use – it all makes a difference, and will ensure your bills are a great deal lower in future.
For homeowners, there are a range of options for boiler only or full central heating insurance available. If your boiler is not covered by your home insurance policy, then you may need to get a separate policy.
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