For the average family, the utility bill will be one of the largest single items in the monthly budget. If you live somewhere cold, you need to keep your house warm in the winter. If you live in warmer climes, you need to keep the family home cool and comfortable in the summer. Either way, it costs money.
I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, there are plenty of things that I can think of to spend money on other than gas and electricity. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps that you can take to cut your utility bill down to size.
Here are a few suggestions that are quick and easy to implement, which don’t require a great deal of up front investment and which will pay dividends very quickly. You’ll probably see the difference in your next bill!
1. Make Sure That Your Home Is Free From Drafts
Sitting in a draft can be uncomfortable. A pain in the neck (or worse) at times. If you’re the person who pays the bills, it’s also costing you money. However, dealing with drafts can be simple and effective.
- Fit draft excluders across the bottom of doors.
- Stop drafts around door and window frames using foam strips with an adhesive backing.
- Fit covers on letterboxes and keyholes.
- Block up any unused chimneys with old newspaper or rags.
- Seal gaps between floorboards and around skirting boards using a flexible sealant.
Your house will feel warmer and more comfortable – and you’ll save money as well.
2. Fit Energy Saving Light Bulbs.
Old fashioned incandescent filament light bulbs are a fine example of something that generates more heat than light. Around about 90% of the energy supplied is wasted in the form of heat – a mere 10% is used to produce light.
Modern compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs produce the same degree of illumination but use less than 25% of the energy. Light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are also becoming commercially available – and these use even less energy again.
Both CFL and LED light bulbs also last a lot longer than conventional light bulbs. CFL bulbs will last between 8,000 and 10,000 hours – LED bulbs can work for over 25,000 hours.
You’ll save money – and you won’t need to get your step ladder out to change light bulbs very often either.
3. Get The Best Deal On Your Utility Supply.
If you switch utility suppliers, you will probably be able to get a better deal. Many of the utility suppliers make special offers to attract new customers. Take advantage of this and save money.
Don’t be put off by thinking that switching suppliers is a long, drawn out process. Get your bills together, do some research online and make the switch online.
No engineers will need to visit your house – any changeovers are done remotely and automatically these days. The most taxing thing that you’ll need to do will be to phone in your meter readings – or you might do this online as well.
Don’t forget to check for other good offers once every twelve months or so – things change.
4. Turn Things Off When They Are Not In Use.
It sounds obvious, I know. Nevertheless, it’s amazing how many items we have around our house which are not fully switched off and which draw a small amount of power – even in standby mode.
Whilst each individual gadget is only drawing a tiny amount of power, if you consider that the average family home has somewhere between 40 and 50 items like this, then you can see how it can mount up. Turn them off at the wall socket and save money.