How to save money on your energy bills: Five top tips
As the warmth of summer goes away for another year, we take a look at some top tips to save on your energy bills this winter.
Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to own your own house as a student, ruling out the usual money saving methods such as double glazing and insulating walls.
Not to mention, they’re a tad costly upfront anyway, and you’re unlikely to save more than you spend if you move out in a few years.
But there are still a few little things you can do to help cut your heating and electricity costs over the next few months.
Compare and save
If you’re in charge and responsible for paying your energy bills (as opposed to having it included in your rent), then be sure to to get the best deal.
GoCompare isn’t just for car insurance, so see which provider you can switch to and save right away, it’s by far the quickest and easiest method to get some extra cash.
Wrap up and cover up!
It goes without saying, but it’s far cheaper to wear an extra layer of clothing rather than turn on the heating.
Swap your summer duvet for a winter one, put up a pair of thicker curtains and make use of blankets – these are all ways to stop you spending cash on just staying comfortable.
Turn it off
When it comes to your electrical devices, if you’re not using it, turn it off.
That goes for nearly everything, from TVs to phone chargers, hair straighteners to computers.
If you want to be really efficient, then even turn off those devices many people forget are always on – microwaves, Freeview boxes, printers, your broadband router and so on. They may not use much electricity on standby, but even a £1 saving means an extra shot!
Make wise purchases
When it comes to buying gadgets in the first place, think wisely.
A laptop uses far less power than a PC, plus you can run it off the battery for a considerable amount of time, saving even more energy.
An LED TV is far more power efficient than an LCD one, and do you really need that electric toothbrush and razor?
Our final cost cutting tip is to simply use your appliances and gadgets less.
That doesn’t necessarily mean to do less with them, but rather use them more efficiently.
Wait until the dishwasher is full before putting it on, or don’t waste water washing up one or two items after every meal.
Allow your washing to build up so you only need to put it on the one cycle, rather than every other day, while make use of nice weather to hang dry clothes inside – just because you’re lucky enough to have a tumble dryer, doesn’t mean you have to use it!
And plan your meals with flat mates so you can all eat and cook together, rather than each cooking separately and wasting energy.