Saving money on your utility bills

How to save money on your utility bills

Gas and electricity is expensive, we want you to save as much money as possible.  Here's some ways you can save on your bills.

Government grants

Cold Weather payment  if you receive certain benefits, you could be entitled to a cold weather payment. These payments are made if the temperature is recorded or forecasted on average or below zero degrees for 7 consecutive days.

Energy and water saving tips

Take a look at these quick tips and see if you’re saving as much energy as you could be.

1. Understand your bill

The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing. But understanding it can go a long way to helping you get to grips with your energy use.

2. Switch off standby

You can save around £30 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
Almost all electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. You may want to think about getting a standby saver which allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go.

Check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.

3. Careful in your kitchen

You can save around £50 a year just by using your kitchen appliances more carefully:

  • Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £30 a year in energy bills
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need and save around £7 a year
  • Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills
  • When cooking keep lids on pans if possible
  • Allow food to cool down before putting it into a fridge or freezer.

4. Get ahead

A family of four could save £67 a year on gas and a further £100 on metered water. If you've got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower), fit a water efficient shower head on a non electric shower.

5. Spend less time in the shower

Spending one minute less in the shower each day could save £25 a year per person. With a water meter this will save a further £15 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would lead to a total saving of £100 a year.

6. Draught excluder

Unless your home is very new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can help you save up to £35 a year on energy bills.

7. Take control of your heating

More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. The recommended temperature for your living room is 21C. For all other rooms its 18C. By using radiator valves and room programmers to control the temperature you could save up to £80 - £165 a year.

8. Turn off lights

Turn your lights and appliances off when you’re not using them. If you switch to LED lightbulbs you can save up to £50 a year on your annual energy bills.

9. Radiators

Keep radiators clear of furniture and close curtains at dusk.  Place radiator reflector panels behind radiators on external facing walls to avoid wasting heat.