No matter how we pay for our energy, via Direct Debit or using a meter, it’s important we can all afford to keep our homes warm and our lights on.
Some energy tariffs have a set price, and some vary depending on how much you’ve used that month. Some energy is more ‘green’ than others, meaning it comes from renewable sources like wind or solar power, and some energy can be generated right outside your home using air or ground source heat pumps.
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In fact, the world of energy can get quite complicated when you really look into it. That’s why we’re here to help you figure out how to save money on your energy, whether that’s through small gestures at home that add up to make a big difference to your bill, or through switching to a more suitable tariff.
For more information and advice on home energy efficiency, you can visit Energy Saving Trust. Plus, Citizens Advice have a wide range of guidance from reading your electricity meter to understanding which supplier is right for you.
How to save money on your energy bills
Rising electricity and gas prices are a real cause for concern for many of our tenants. Our Energy team have put together a few simple steps which might help you save a few pounds on your energy bill, all while doing your bit for the planet.
Reduce your thermostat by 1°C
It might not sound like much, but it could save you around £75 each year
Turn your appliances off at the wall
You can save around £35 a year just by remembering to not leave your appliances on standby
Shower for one minute less
Getting out of the shower one minute earlier every day will save up to £8 a year off your energy bills, per person
And if you can, take a shower rather than a bath
You can save roughly half the amount of water
Turn your lights off when you are not using them
This age-old tip will save you around £15 a year on your annual energy bills
Turn water off when shaving, washing hands or brushing teeth
These little gestures all add up and can reduce your hot water usage by 5%
Wash laundry in colder water
By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to £15 per year on your energy bill
Use low energy LED lights
Not only do they use up to 90% less energy than regular bulbs, but they also last 10 – 20 times longer
Thinking of switching suppliers?
If you’re concerned about your energy bills going up, or if you want to know whether there’s a better deal out there for you, we recommend Green Energy Switch. They are a free, award-winning energy switching service who make reducing your energy tariff quick and easy. Their suggestions could save you over £230 a year on average.
You might qualify for government help
The government have schemes in place to help households with the cost of their energy bills. Each scheme has its own eligibility criteria, so head over to the Heating and Housing Benefits website to find out if you qualify.
Cold weather payment
You may get this if you are getting certain benefits and local temperatures have been below zero degrees for seven consecutive days.
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help pay your heating bills.
Case study: reducing our environmental impact
We’re trying to make our homes more environmentally friendly. We’ve already made a start and we’re doing our best to make sure all our tenants live in fuel-efficient houses in the years to come. By installing ground source heat pump systems for 113 of our homes in Felixstowe, we were able to cut our emissions and our tenants’ bills.
“Not only does this system eradicate fuel poverty and create homes that tenants can enjoy living in, but it also significantly reduces energy use and cuts carbon emissions”
Guy Ransom, Commercial Director at Finn Geotherm