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There are lots of possible causes of high energy bills. If you get a shock every time you read your electricity bill, it could be worth looking into some of the possible ways of reducing costs. Below are just a few possible ways in which you may be able to reduce your energy bills.
One way to save money on your energy bills could be to switch providers. There could be electricity plans out there that are much cheaper than what you’re currently paying. In fact, providers often offer exclusive deals to new customers as a way of encouraging people to switch. Some people switch every few years simply to take advantage of this. Just make sure to factor in costs such as exit fees (sometimes it’s not worth switching for a very small discount due to these fees).
Check for leaks
If your energy bills are unusually high, it could be worth checking that you don’t have a leak in your home. Many people don’t realise that it’s possible to have an electricity leak – power can flow to the ground through a bad connection, which could be causing your energy bill to be high. Gas leaks are often much more serious and can usually be detected by their smell or by using a carbon monoxide monitor. By hiring an electrician or a plumber, you can investigate any possible leak – by fixing this leak, you can reduce your energy bills.
Insulate your home
If your home takes a lot of time to heat up and you’re having to use a lot of energy, it could be because of poor insulation. Consider whether it’s worth investing in insulation around your home in order to reduce heat loss. In the long run, you’ll consume less energy and enjoy cheaper energy bills. There are many different ways to insulate a home. An uninsulated loft can be one of the biggest sources of heat loss – consider investing in roof insulation if your home hasn’t already got it. Other forms of insulation like double-glazed windows and wall insulation can also reduce heat loss and allow you to spend less on your heating bill.
Use energy efficient appliances
Another reason for high energy bills could be power-guzzling appliances. Old electrical appliances are likely to use up more energy than newer appliances. Consider whether you have any appliances that are over 10 or 15 years old that could be causing your electricity bill to be so high. When buying new appliances, try looking into the energy rating – an appliance with a good energy rating is likely to be a lot more economical.
Reduce your personal energy consumption
There are ways in which we can all lower our personal energy consumption. You should start by considering whether you are guilty of any bad habits such as leaving lights on when not in rooms or washing half loads of laundry instead of full loads. By making a conscious effort to correct these habits and use less energy, you could find your bills are reduced.