How to save money on your energy bills this April

Save money and increase the value of your property with these top tips...

April energy price hike got you panicking? Here are some tips to help you prepare…

Up to 22 million households could see their bills amount to £693 higher than expected this year as a new energy tariff comes into play. 1st April saw an increase of 54% in rates across the UK – a rise that will hit even the deepest pockets.* Whilst switching to solar panels and changing every single light bulb in our homes to LED can be very costly upfront, it is a long-term investment that should help cut our electricity bills. There are also some smaller changes we can make that needn’t cost the earth.

Turn appliances off standby mode

If default energy tariffs are set to rise by 12.5% according to Ofgem, small habit changes can make a big difference. The experts at Energy Saving Trust say that you can save approximately £55 a year by turning all appliances off standby mode when they’re not in use.** You might want to think about getting a standby saver or smart plug. This allows you to turn off all of your appliances in one go – pretty nifty.   

Energy efficient appliances

If you're replacing an appliance, think about choosing the most energy-efficient model. This can help to cut down your electricity bills. Energy-efficient washing machines, depending on size, can save you between £15 and £70 a year. Think about swapping the tumble dryer for drying clothes outside in the warmer weather to save £55 a year.   

Invest in cavity wall and loft insulation

According to the experts, laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a non-insulated three-bedroom semi could shave £135 a year off of your energy bills. It means less heat is lost through the roof. Similarly, laying cavity wall insulation can save up to £155 a year and solid-wall insulation could save you £210 in the same type of house. These are pretty significant savings.  

Swap single for double or triple glazing

You can also reduce heat loss through your windows by replacing single glazing with double glazing. Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards might set you back around £200, but can help you save around £40 a year on energy bills. If you draught-proof the property yourself, it can be much cheaper.  

Replace your gas boiler 

When was the last time you checked your boiler? Your heating is responsible for more than half of your energy bill each year so it’s worth having a look. Replacing an old, inefficient gas boiler with a newer more energy-efficient one could make a big difference to your bill. According to the experts, it could save you £195 per year so it’s really worth investing in. Upgrade your G-rated gas boiler to a new A-rated one if you can.    

Replace light bulbs 

Energy-saving light bulbs can help you to cut your energy bills easily. An LED light bulb costs around £1.71 a year to run. Over its lifetime, it could cut up to £180 from your energy bills, compared to an old-style bulb. Remember, energy-saving light bulbs also last longer than traditional ones. If you’re looking to save on bills, it’s certainly worth looking into.   

Use less hot water

We all love a long shower – but did you know that spending just one minute less in your regular bathing routine can actually save £4 per person per year? Set a timer so you know how much hot water you’re using and how long you’re spending in there. When you’re doing the dishes, you could also try washing up in a bowl, rather than under a running tap.

Will energy prices continue to go up?

It’s unclear whether the price hikes will continue in the long term – global events and Government policy are developing day-to-day. The rates are set to be assessed again in October and if supply prices remain as they are, experts suggest customers' bills could go up by another 20%.*

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*www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2022/02/energy-bills-set-to-rocket-for-millions-as-ofgem-confirms-new-pr/
**General source: energysavingtrust.org.uk/hub/quick-tips-to-save-energy