Save money this autumn with top energy saving tricks
TACKLING draughts and turning down the thermostat could save money and cut household bills as the colder temperatures begin to bite.
Turning down the heating dial by just one degree can save between £85 and £90 a year.
Householders could take greater control over their monthly outgoings by learning a few simple tricks.
With this in mind, take a look at our top tips for saving money this autumn.
- Tackle draughts and reduce the amount of heat escaping through windows and doors. A study from the University of Salford reveals that closing the curtains could slash heat loss by up to 17%.
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature. Reducing a washing machine’s temperature from 40 degrees to 30 degrees can cut costs by up to 30%.
- Be kitchen savvy. If you don’t have a dishwasher, use a washing up bowl instead. Running water continuously while doing the dishes could cost up to £30 a year, according to figures from The Energy Saving Trust.
- Switch off standby. The average family could save around £30 a year by unplugging electrical devices and chargers typically left on standby. Switching off at the mains may also help to prevent overheating.
- Insulate properly. Without proper insulation, your home will literally leak heat and money. In fact, it is estimated that around 22 million properties in the UK could dramatically improve energy efficiency by measures such as insulation.
Invest in a high-quality insulation material such as spray foam, which expands to form an airtight seal, leaving no gaps or spaces. Poor insulating materials tend to act like a sponge, soaking up moisture and making problems such as damp and mould potentially much worse.
Making an investment in measures such as loft insulation and cavity or external wall insulation can cut heat loss by up to 98%, resulting in such significant savings that it pays for itself many times over.