The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed many facets of our lives. Families across the UK are now facing new and unexpected economical pressures, making it more important than ever to try to reduce household spending, like energy costs.
Four tips to reduce your energy bills during the Coronavirus pandemic
1. Switch to a modern heating system
Heating your home accounts for 65% of your total energy consumption. That’s larger than cooking, heating water, and use of electric devices like TVs, hoovers, washing machines, tumble driers, and kettles combined. With electric heating technology increasing in its effectiveness and control, it’s become the ideal solution for heating homes in the UK.
Using an outdated electric heating system like night storage heaters or inefficient storage heaters can lead to astronomical heating bills that many families simply cannot afford. Switching to a modern, German manufactured electric heating system like ELKAtherm could help reduce your electricity bills. Many of our customers have claimed they have saved up to a third on their bills by switching to ELKAtherm.
2. Change energy providers
After you’ve considered your heating system, it makes sense to consider your energy provider. According to Money Supermarket, you could save up to £238 by changing your energy provider. There are many energy comparison websites that can help you find the right tariff that will reduce your bills and many of these websites will do the switch for you, so you don’t need to speak to your old provider.
Look out for 100% green tariffs from a green provider to ensure your energy is produced from renewable sources. This way, you’ll be saving money and saving the environment too!
3. Switch to LEDs
There are many small things you can do around the home to help reduce your energy bills. For instance, simply switching your lighting to LED lightbulbs can save you about £35 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
LED lightbulbs are also an environmentally friendly alternative to regular incandescent as they last longer and are more cost effective than traditional light bulbs.
4. Switch off standby
This is another easy way to reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy bill. Many of our electronics remain on standby while they’re left unattended. Things like your TV, game consoles, TV boxes and appliances continue to consume energy even when they’re turned off.
You can save around £30 per year by switching your appliances and electronics off standby mode. You can do this by turning it off at the plug (unplugging the electronic or switching it off) or getting a standby saver which turns all your electronics off in one go.
Asking for help
If you find yourself struggling to pay your energy bills because you’ve been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic there are many options available to you to help alleviate your financial burden. Citizens Advice has a list of resources and advice available to help you navigate these hard times. To find out more, simply visit their website here.
Speak to us about updating your heating system
We wish everyone good health and hope that these four cost saving tips can help reduce your energy bills and reduce some of the stress you might be experiencing because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We will be recommencing home surveys as soon as the government regulations allow. In the meantime, we are available to discuss your heating needs over the phone on 0800 270 7736.
It’s important, now more than ever, to ensure your heating system is cost-effective and in good working order for your home to help you save money and stay healthy in the coming months and years.
Speak to us today about your heating requirements by calling us free on 0800 270 7736 or completing the form next to this blog.