Fed up of extortionate energy bills? There are lots of ways to lower your energy costs by reducing your energy usage and reconsidering where you get your energy from. Here are just 10 ways to cut your home’s energy costs.

Switch provider

Switching to a new energy provider can be one easy way to lower your costs. Most energy companies offer exclusive low rates for new customers, which can make it beneficial to switch every couple of years. Be wary that depending on your tariff, there could be extra fees for switching providers such as early exit fees — these are worth researching into before you switch. Comparison sites like USwitch can help you find the best deal (such sites do take commission if you buy through them, but can make the switching process easier).

Consider a smart meter

Smart meters can allow you to pay only for the energy you use rather than paying at a fixed monthly rate. These meters store data that is shared with your energy provider so that you both have an accurate idea of how much you’re using. This can work out cheaper for a lot of people. Don’t fall into the trap of pre-payment meters, which are very different to smart meters — these involve paying in advance for energy, but you often end up paying a lot more per kilowatt.

Use LED bulbs

Regular incandescent bulbs are cheaper to buy, but will cost you a lot more in the long run. Switching to LED bulbs could allow you to use 75% less energy. These bulbs shine just as bright as incandescent bulbs and can last 50 times longer. You can buy LED bulbs online at sites like Lighting Direct.

Invest in energy efficient appliances

It’s not just your choice of lightbulbs that can affect your energy usage — you may be able to save money in energy by choosing certain home appliances. Modern home appliances all come with energy ratings ranging from A to G (A being the most greenest and G being the least green), which can help to determine how much energy you’ll use in the future. Fridge-freezers extend beyond the standard A rating, reaching A+++. Choosing high-rated appliances could be a way to save money. On the whole, newer appliances tend to be a lot more economical than older ones — you may want to seriously consider upgrading if you’re still using a tumble dryer or refrigerator from 20 years ago, as it could be contributing to your high energy bills.

Unplug appliances when not in use

Leaving unused appliances plugged in or in standby mode can drain extra energy. This is common with TVs, computers, microwaves and speakers all of which can still consume electricity even when turned off, simply by being left plugged in. Either turn these appliances off at the socket or unplug them when not in use.

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