Google searches for ‘efficient use of energy’ hit a ten-year high this month as people desperately save every penny they can on the cost of living.
Energy bills are hitting UK consumers harder than ever in the past decade and the upward trend in gas prices is set to continue through 2024. Due to new higher tariffs from 1 April, consumers are always wondering how to reduce their energy bill as soon as possible.
Boiler Central’s energy experts advise on the five most common household items that can cause energy bills to skyrocket. They offer tips on how to make easy adjustments that save hundreds of dollars a year.
Energy professionals are busting the myth that kettles are the biggest drain on energy in our homes, at £3.15 a month, so you can enjoy that cup of tea guilt-free.
1. Boiler – £82/month
There’s a reason that older homes with separate, uninsulated tanks for water heating usually mean bad news for your bills. If you are looking for a house, make sure you understand the heating installation (combination boilers are generally better) and the level of energy efficiency of the boiler.
2. Fridge/freezer – £43.68/month
Refrigerators and freezers are the second most energy-consuming items in a home. Since they have to stay plugged in all the time, the best way to reduce that cost is to invest in a higher rated fridge/freezer.
3. Dishwasher – £10.30/month
Although a dishwasher is the third most expensive item to run in a household, it does save on water usage, not to mention time. Energy consumption is probably three times higher in households with several children, where several loads of dishes are washed each day. Smarter use of dishes can reduce one load per day and have a positive impact on your monthly energy and water consumption.
4. Oven – £9.36/month
If you’re a baking enthusiast or like regular ready meals, chances are your oven is burning upwards of £9.36 a month. It may not seem like much, but taking into account all the other appliances, it is worth trying to reduce the use of the oven whenever possible by synchronizing the cooking better to adapt to at least two dishes at the same time. or one after the other to save on preheating. ; opt for batch cooking; and reheating food in the microwave, which only uses about 44p per month.
5. Washing machine – £6.86/month
On average, washing machines consume more than twice as much as kettles. Using lower temperatures is an easy way to reduce these costs. For lightly soiled clothes, 30 degrees is hot enough to kill most bacteria.
The best medium-term solution to reduce your energy bill is to invest in A-Appliances.
A A nominal boiler refers to Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (SEDBUK).. A A rated boilers are the most efficient, with an efficiency of 90% or more. For example, upgrading from a G rated boiler to an A rated boiler can save you £580 a year.
Myles Robinson of Boiler Central comments: “If you want to reduce your annual energy bills, the first thing you need to focus on is heating your home. Start with energy efficiency – reduce your energy consumption and change your habits with a smart meter.
He adds, “Then consider switching to renewables and replacing your boiler. Household appliances also consume energy, but it takes a lot more energy to heat the whole house. This is why it is so important to choose an A-rated green boiler to reduce energy consumption. »
Myles offers several other expert tips that consumers can adopt today to save on their energy bills, such as:
- installing a smart meter, reducing up to £75/year.
- switch to LED bulbs which can reduce total energy consumption by 75%.
- draft proofing by installing thicker curtains, sealing cracks and blocking off unused chimneys – all this equals an easy £35 cut in energy consumption.
- invest in double glazed windows, reducing energy bills by up to £110/year.