No one likes to be hit by high energy bills at the end of each month, however old habits die hard and they might also hike up your monthly costs without you realising. Here are some of common mistakes that could be increasing your bills.
Not knowing your boiler settings
It’s important that you know your boiler settings and understand the thermostat so you can easily adjust the temperature of the water being pumped out. During the Winter it is likely that the thermostat will be on a higher setting, however when Spring and Summer arrive you should remember to turn the temperature below 55 degrees. this should be sufficient to keep everything warm but will also help your boiler system run more efficiently – reducing the cost of your bills each month.
Washing clothes on high temperatures and using the tumble dryer
Every time you wash your clothes you are probably on autopilot and constantly use the same settings without checking the temperature. 90% of a washing machine’s expenditure goes on heating the water, so you can easily reduce the amount of energy needed by the adjusting the temperature to between 30-40C. Most machines now offer an eco setting too, which washes your clothes at 20C, knowing that you probably won’t notice the difference.
If you own a tumble dryer then this can also drive up the cost of your energy bill. Dry your clothes on the line whenever possible or leave them on a clothes horse next to the windows, this will save you money in the long run.
Leaving electrical appliances on charge and on standby
It can be easy to forget about electrical items that we leave charging around the home, or to charge them overnight whilst sleeping. Even leaving a charger plugged in at the socket without actually charging anything can use up energy, as well as being a potential fire hazard. Ensure that all appliances are unplugged when they’re not in use and remember that TVs, games consoles and PCs still use power when left on standby. According to Energy Saving Trust you can save up to £30 a year by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
Using lights when they’re not needed
It can be easy to leave lights on around the home when they’re not in use or even use them when they’re not even necessary, especially during Spring and Summer with lighter mornings and longer evenings. Despite the myth that you will use less energy when leaving lights on rather than constantly switching them on and off, turning them off when they aren’t in use is definitely the most cost effective way, especially when using incandescent light bulbs.
Keeping your curtains and blinds open for longer in the evenings will provide natural lighting as well as some extra warmth if the sun is still shining.