Beginning the new year with an energy audit can be a great way to start seeing some serious savings in your household. Not only do you have the potential to save hundreds, if not thousands, you can also reduce your carbon footprint, which is something we’re all striving towards in this day and age. Usually at the beginning of the year life is a lot slower, so take advantage of this time to get on top of a few things that you usually put off such as checking you’re on a great deal with your energy retailer.
Are you paying too much for energy?
Many of us know we’re probably paying too much for our electricity and gas supply but most of us can’t be bothered doing anything about it. That’s where a company such as Billologist can be really useful. They provide energy comparisons for you for free based on a current bill, so it’s an accurate quote based on your current usage. The Billologist will let you know the provides who can offer you cheaper energy and you choose the one that best suits your budget. The Billologist will also arrange the connection for you so it’s a very simple and convenient service.
The great thing is the Billologist service is available for your household and your business so make sure you’re on the best deal you can get by reviewing your bills every 12 months.
With technology being a major part of our lives, we see a growing number of appliances in homes these days. This means a higher draining of energy if our appliances are not working properly or if we buy appliances with high energy consumption. When buying new appliances remember to look at the power rating and go for the highest rating that your budget allows for.
Make sure seals are in working condition on things like fridges and freezers so cold temperatures are not escaping and wasting power.
Is your home properly insulated?
Insulation is not just about the padding in your roof, it’s also about window blinds and curtaining, walls and floors. Give or take, about 25% of the heat produced by your boiler will escape through the roof of your home. About 35% of the heat will escape through the walls and through gaps, in and around windows and doors, and about 10% of heat will disappear through the floor. Check around your home for any gaps under doors or around windows. Any gaps can allow valuable warm or cool air to escape which means that your air conditioning, boiler, or heating unit will have to work harder to sustain the required temperature, therefore using more energy and increasing your bills.
Do you have old globes?
There are so many different lighting options now available on the market and many of them are energy saving. Ensure that you are using energy-efficient light globes where possible and consider LED bulbs. Not only do LED bulbs last longer than standard lighting, but they work at a much lower temperature than incandescent lighting so use less energy to light a room.
Does it need to stay plugged in?
Did you know that standby power accounts to about 10% of your energy consumption on your bill? Why are you paying for something when it’s not in use? By simply unplugging items or turning switches off you can save. Using a timer plug is also a great idea because you can make sure items are turned off when you go to sleep,
These suggestions can also apply to your business, especially with appliances like printers, photocopiers, laptops, screens etc…
Send us your bill and let’s see if we can help you save some money on your energy bills.