We all have to deal with those dreaded energy bills. But rather than just grinning and bearing them, is there not something you can do to make them smaller? Here are some ideas to help do that.
Avoid Estimated Bills
When an energy supplier can’t get access to an exact reading of your meter, they will simply estimate the bill. But this is not good for you, the consumer. So, you need to avoid this at all costs. Most of the time, these estimates will be higher than the reality. It’s in their interests to charge you more than you’re likely to use, not less. You can now set up an online account with most gas providers so that you can input the reading from your meter.
Replace Your Boiler
In the long-term, replacing your boiler could dramatically cut the costs of your energy bills. If yours is old, and it hasn’t been updated for many years, the chances are it won’t be very efficient at all. This can be a problem for people looking to slash their bills. Inefficient boilers will not help your efforts to slash bills, they will simply force the size of your bills up and up. So, although it costs money in the short-term to install a new boiler, it will save you a lot more in the long-term.
No provider is perfect, but it’s certainly true that some of them are better than offers. It’s simply a fact that some providers have more favourable electricity rates than other, for example. The one thing to be aware of is that loyalty doesn’t pay when it comes to heating and energising your home. If you want to find the best deals possible, you have to be aware of the all the options out there. So, never stop looking at what different providers are offering because you might be able to find a better deal elsewhere.
Insulate Your Home
Insulating the home can dramatically cut your level of reliance on energy companies. If you can keep the heat that you pay for inside the home, then that can only be a good thing. You have to pay more money to energy companies if you don’t have proper insulation because all the heat you use will escape through the roof and walls. Some pensioners are even entitled to free insulation installation, so make sure you look into this if you qualify. It can save you a lot of money, so don’t dismiss it!
Turn Off the Lights
Do you really need those lights on all the time? This is something you need to be asking yourself all the time. It doesn’t make any sense to leave lights on when they really don’t need to be on. It makes much more sense to turn them off and save some money in the process. This can be difficult when you have a big family, but it’s something that’s worth making an effort to do. Get the family together around the table and discuss this with them. You should make it clear that you can save money if everyone chips in and stops wasting electricity.