Gas and electricity prices keep on rising. To help you cope with the squeeze, we’ve rounded up the top five ways to save money on your energy bills in 2013.
All of the big six energy suppliers announced price rises towards the end of 2012, which means that most of us will be shelling out even more on our gas and electricity bills in 2013. If you want to avoid losing so much money thorough your energy bills, follow these top five tips:
1) Switch energy supplier
If you haven’t switched your energy supplier in the past year you could be missing out.
Visit Which? Switch to find the best energy deal for you – on average people who switch through Which? Switch save £217 a year.
In most cases it takes less than six weeks for your supplier to be switched, and your new energy supplier will handle all the arrangements – you don’t need to do a thing.
2) Insulate your home
Insulating both your loft and cavity walls can save you up to £310 a year.
Loft installation can be free if you fit certain criteria (see our free insulation deals page for details) or cost between £50 and £350. If you do have to pay an upfront cost, the work should pay for itself within a few years. Cavity-wall insulation costs between £100 and £350, and should pay for itself in about three years.
3) Turn down your thermostat
Turning down your thermostat by just 1ºC can cut heating bills by about £55 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. You can save even more by turning down the radiators in rarely-used or empty rooms and by programming your heating to turn off when you’re not there.
Take a look at our top five tips on using your home heating controls effectively for more.
4) Check for draughts
You can keep your home cosy by stopping heat escaping through unwanted gaps – and doing this could save you about £55 a year. Take a look at the following areas:
- Windows: use draught-proofing strips around the frame to stop heat escaping
- Doors: use draught-proofing strips for gaps around the edges and brush or hinged-flap draught excluders on the bottom of doors
- Chimney and fireplace: if you don’t use your fireplace, use an inflatable cushion to block the chimney or fit a cap over the chimney pot
- Floorboards and skirting: as floorboards need to move, use a flexible silicon-based filler to fill the gaps.
5) Choose cheaper-to-run gadgets
Choosing the most energy-efficient appliance can result in savings of around £35 for a washing machine, £93 for a tumble dryer and £88 for a fridge-freezer.
Find out more in our guide on cheap-to-run appliances.
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