The cost of energy can soar in price one minute and then ever so gradually lower in price, but it is always the increase in energy prices that you will notice as they tend to happen much more regularly than reductions in the cost of energy!
There are a huge number of people now seriously looking at ways that they can reduce their energy costs, and it is very true to say that there can be some huge savings to be made, if you know what to do and where to go.
If you are interested in reducing your energy costs, then the following guide will certainly be of interest to you for we shall be taking a look at ways that you can do just that. Whilst not every single one of the ways of saving energy may be instantly available to you, there are many things you can do to get your energy costs down to a low a price as humanly possible!
Shop Around for Suppliers – The one thing that everyone can do initially to get the very best deal for their energy supplies is to shop around for the suppliers of their electricity and gas supplies. There are however lots of different tariffs that you can sign up to and half the battle is knowing just which one will suit you best.
There are of course lots of websites and apps that you should consider using to make sure the price you are paying for your energy needs are as low as is possible, however do be wary of locking yourself into a long term energy contract as you may lose out of the price of gas or electricity drops in value lower than the fixed costs you have signed up to.
Insulating Your Home – Another way in which you are going to make some very significant changes in regards to how much energy you do use is by fully insulating your home. That will include things such as loft insulation, double or even triple glazing and also cavity wall insulation.
However, the cost of getting your home fully insulated can be huge, but be aware there are still a range of grants available to help you do that, and as such contact your local council or the Citizens Advice Bureau who will be able to point you in the right direction of where you should be looking for such a grant.
Monitoring Your Energy Usage – There are also a range of very unique gadgets that you can now buy that will show you in real time just how much energy you are using at any one time in your home.
Those devices use smart technology to display the cost of the energy you are using at any time of the night or day, however just be aware that you may become obsessed with looking at those devices and then trying to get the current cost of the energy you are using down to the bare minimum, but that is certainly not going to be a bad thing!
Energy Saving Appliances – There was a time when you would have had to pay a premium when you wanted to buy new appliances for your kitchen for example that were completely energy efficient, however fortunately nowadays you will find all electrical appliances will display how much energy they use and any additional energy saving benefits those appliances offer.
So when you are next looking to renew your cooker, fridge or freezer or even you washing machine or tumble driver always make a point of asking the sales assistant just how much energy those appliances use, and opt for the ones which use the lowest amount of energy.
Solar Panels – As you drive around the UK one thing that you are going to notice is that there are lots of homes now that have solar panels attached to the roof of those homes, and there was recently a huge push and lots of financial incentives to get people to put solar panels on their homes.
However, there have been some major cut backs in regards to grants available to people signing up to have solar panels on their homes, but those people who do have them will find that they are paid for any unused energy they produce by something known as a feeder rate.
What a feeder rate is, is a set amount of cash based on how many kilowatts of energy you feed back into the national grid, which over time will help offset the cost of getting those solar panels fitted in the first place.
Lower Your Motoring Costs – Another huge financial outlay for most people is the cost of running their vehicles, whilst admittedly the cost of diesel and petrol has been coming down recently you will still find running any type of vehicle can be expensive.
The only way you are going to be able to reasonably reduce the cost of your running cost of your car in regards to fuel costs will be to make fewer journeys in that vehicle.
However, many people now use their vehicles as a sort of pool car, and as such when they are going to work they pick up their colleagues and those colleagues either return the favour on different days of the week or pay a small contribution to the fuel used for those journeys.
One thing to note however if you do car share is that you will need to know that you are adequately covered by your insurance, as some polices will not permit you to use your car for car sharing purposes, however more and more of them now do.
For some additional ideas in regards to how you can reduce your energy costs please take a look around our website, as we have a huge array of additional guides and blog posts and articles that you will be able to make use of, so please do have a good look around!