A bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to catch up on useful things you’ve been meaning to do. Here’s how you can use the time to shave money off your energy bills.
– See if you qualify for the energy saving grants that are around and apply
The HHCRO is the first in the new wave of Government grants for energy saving, and funds free cavity wall and loft insulation for people in certain groups. See if you qualify and apply for the grant here.
– Do a lightbulb audit and consider making the switch to LED
LED bulbs are significantly more expensive than standard CFL or halogen bulbs, but they can more than pay for themselves in reduced energy costs, as well as lasting around three times longer. Have a look around your house, figure out which you could replace with LEDs and do the maths to see whether it’s worth it for you – you can check out a cost comparison we did a while ago here.
– Find out how much your old fridge is costing you and if a new one would be worth it
Old energy appliances could really be eating up your energy – you could save as much as £100 a year by replacing an old fridge freezer with a newer, efficient one. Use Energy Star’s calculator to work out whether the saving you could achieve makes a replacement worth it.
– Sort out your draught proofing with a few simple bits of kit
Draught proofing has to be the easiest and most cost effective way of saving energy in your home. Do a walkaround of your house with the checklist we wrote for Real Homes, get yourself down to the DIY store and pick up some door and window strips and door accessories. You’ll spend around £100 and save yourself on average £55 a year. If you’re feeling crafty you can even make your own sausage dog draught excluder!
– Make your hot water system as efficient as it can be
There are now loads of cheap gadgets that can save water wherever you use it – from tap inserts to eco showerheads and cistern bags. Find out if your water supplier is giving them away free as Thames Water is, or pop online and kit yourself out.
– Find out if the Green Deal could benefit you and book an assessment
Our Home assessment tool is a great way to find out if there are any big measures like solar PV that could save money in your home – if it’ll make a saving, chances are you’ll be able to get it funded with a Green Deal loan. The first thing you’ll need to do to get a Green Deal is book an assessment –use our handy comparison feature to compare Green Deal assessment companies near you.