6 ways you can reduce your energy bill

There are many ways of reducing your home energy bill. There are the quick, simple methods: avoid leaving electricals on standby, swap baths for showers, wash clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40, use energy saving light bulbs…

Then there are bigger projects which will inevitably cost more but give substantial rewards in the long run. For example, double glazing. Not only will your home be quieter and more secure, it will also keep your family warmer.

Heat isn’t only lost through windows. Did you know that around a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof? By investing in insulation, you can afford to turn your thermostat down one degree, thus saving money.

Replacing your old boiler with a modern, efficient model may have a cost, but could also cut your energy bill by more than £300 per year. Swings and roundabouts!

Investing in solar panels will ensure your home is self sufficient for years to come. An average system costs around £7000, but the governments’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme will support you by providing cash payments to households that produce their own electricity using renewable technology. The higher the prices soar, the greater your savings – which the Department for Energy & Climate Change forecasts as being 2.6% a year until 2030.

Additionally, solar water heating uses energy from the sun to heat up water. Costing between £3000 and £5000, it will heat up your domestic hot water system and is eligible for a financial incentive called the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which financially rewards those who use renewable energy to heat their homes.

It’s even possible to install your own wind turbine if you’re really committed to running a self sufficient home (prices range between £3000 and £30,000). Wind is free, and a turbine won’t release any harmful pollutants into the environment. You can even store excess electricity in batteries and use it on windless days.

Whatever your budget, there are ways to lower your energy bill. The more money you save, the more you have spare at the end of the month to treat your family.