How to cut the cost of your energy bill

One of the biggest household costs faced by consumers is that of our energy bills. Whether it is the cost of electricity, gas or water, these costs are difficult to track and seemingly even more difficult to control. Many consumers find managing the cost of their energy bills tricky and are often left with surprising bills as a result. Sadly, energy related costs will never become a thing of the past and will always remain a firm consideration in terms of our regular household bills. Not only are their numerous different providers, all offering what appear to be difficult to understand plans and costings but also there is the on-going issue of not fully understanding how we can manage our home more effectively to reduce these costs. Thankfully there are in fact a number of different ways in which we could better manage our energy costs without the need of unusual and difficult to follow requirements. As has been discussed in the Daily Mail today, reducing the cost of your regular energy costs could in fact be easier than we think.

Shortly winter will be in full swing and aside from the delights of cosy nights in, there is the niggling reminder that in terms of our energy bills, this is the most expensive time of years as far as our energy costs are concerned. The good news is that there are tips and tricks we can take advantage of when the colder months of the year reach us. First and foremost, we have to get our heads around the benefits of switching providers. Given the large amount of competition which exists in the energy sector, there are undoubtedly deals to be had as far as our energy costs are concerned. There are several comparison sites which can do most of the work for you, in terms of comparing needs and also the associated costs for each of the suppliers available. If you haven’t changed suppliers for some time, you may be surprised at the savings which are available with some consumers reporting annual savings of as much as £300.00 following a change in suppliers. Equally, if you have been with your current provider for some time, if maybe they are prepared to either match a deal offered by a new provider or at the very least make an offer to keep your business with them. Take the time to sit down and go through the options you have available and make an informed and evidence based choice for which of the energy suppliers available are best able to serve your energy needs.

Aside from perhaps the obvious option of switching suppliers for your energy requirements, there are also a number of adjustments to how you use energy around the home which could shave money off the cost of your monthly energy bill. In order to get your head around saving tips its important you go ‘back to basics’ in many respects because this is why money can be easily saved. Take for example the humble task of making a cup of tea. Instead of filling the kettle and boiling it each and every time, why not instead use only the amount of water you require and knock the kettle off before it reaches boiling point. This will undoubtedly save money over the course of the month and for those committed tea drinkers, why not use a teapot, it may be old-fashioned but it’ll also help to reduce the cost of your energy bill come the end of the month. Another trick which could save you up to 40% per use is the time in which you spend in the shower. Water costs are often considered to be one of the most crippling energy costs, so why not half the time of your shower and watch your bill reduce. Another easy tip is not leaving your household appliances in a constant state of standby. Instead, turn off all appliances when they are not being used. This means anything from your television to your microwave but best leave the freezer on; switching that off will bring its own costs! Making sure your un-used appliances around the home could save you as much as £100.00 each year, which to flip a few switches, isn’t to0 bad at all.

If all of the above tips and tricks are followed and adopted on a regular basis, it is highly likely you will soon be well on the road to saving money on the cost of your annual and monthly energy based costs. Take time to understand other ways your household goods can be used more effectively as doing so will only result in more money being saved over time.

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