8 Ways to save money on your energy bills when you're self-isolating

23 Mar 2020

With the majority of the UK now working from home and some self-isolating, it's only natural that the average home's energy consumption will rise. If you're concerned about a spike in your bills, follow our easy money-saving guide below. 

  1. Turn down the thermostat. It goes without saying that one of the simplest ways you can save money on your energy bills is just to reduce your usage. You can save up to £80 per year just by turning the thermostat down 1 degree (source) !Of course you could resist temptation to put the heating on altogether - put on some extra layers, or wrap up in a comfy blanket.
     
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  2. Check your lightbulbs. Switching to more energy efficient bulbs will not only save money, but you'll replace them much less often. Also get into the habit of making sure you switch the lights off in rooms not in use.
     
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  3. Switch your washing machine down to 30ºC and save up to 50% energy with every laundry load. Modern detergents don’t need a high temperature to do the job well so there’s little point in turning the temperature up high. And try to cut down on the amount of laundry you're washing - those of us working from home or self isolating will probably find our clothes aren't getting as dirty as quickly, so can wait until the next load to be washed.
     
  4. Speaking of laundry - avoid using the tumble dryer. Tumble dryers use a lot of energy as it’s not easy to get clothes dry. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid using one but running it all the time is wasteful. With spring fast approaching try hanging your clothes outside to dry. No laundry product smells as good as clothes that have been dried outdoors.
     
  5. Go around your home and unplug any devices you’re not using or switch them off at the socket. All plugged in devices will drain energy which adds up over the year.
     
  6. Love a cup of tea or several? Hoppy do too. Don’t be tempted to overfill the kettle if you’re only making a cuppa for one as that wastes electricity.
     
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  7. Keep an eye on hot water use. Try not to have the hot tap running constantly whilst doing the washing up - fill up the bowl with hot water and then use cold water to rinse the dishes. Limit your time in the shower too - cutting your shower time by just 1 minute saves approx £7 per person per year (source).
     
  8. Switch your energy supplier. Get to know your electricity bill and use our easy comparison tool to see if you could be paying even less than you are now. Ensuring that you’re on the best tariff for your household is the best way of guaranteeing that you’re not overpaying for that electricity bill. Ofgem reports that on average people can expect to save up to £300 annually.

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