2022 has seen a UK energy crisis due to supply and demand on the global wholesale market. This has driven up the amount providers pay for gas and electricity – and that cost is now being passed onto the consumer. This means there is no time like the present to become more energy efficient to help save you money on bills.
Often when you think about becoming more energy efficient, the first thing that may pop into your mind is one of two things; solar panels or simply cutting back on energy consumption. The problem with solar panels is that the initial investment can be expensive meaning they will not immediately solve the money problem. On the other hand, whilst becoming more conscious about your energy consumption is definitely not a bad thing, you should still be able to make use of essential energy such as heating, gas and electricity to ensure your house is warm enough in the colder months, you can eat a hot meal and have a warm shower. Fortunately, we have put together a list of things you can do to conserve energy without spending a large sum of money.
Thermal wallpaper and liners are a way to add an extra layer of insulation to your walls. They are usually made from an advanced heat-securing material bonded to a high-quality lining paper. The benefits of a thermal wallpaper is that it is affordable, simple to apply, and most importantly it helps to save on energy bills. This is because it significantly reduces room warmup time and insulates a room to retain the warmth.
Depending on which brand you purchase, you may get some additional benefits such as sound insulation, help combating damp and mould issues and more. We recommend the Wallrock Thermal Liner stocked by Victory Colours, this wallpaper is incredibly effective when it comes adding additional thermal insulation to your home.
Switch from the tumble dryer to a heated airer
Although there is no denying the fact that a tumble dryer is the best way to quickly dry your clothes, minimize creases and get a soft fabric finish, tumble dryers are infamous for their excessive energy consumption. This means that if you use the tumble dryer after every wash, it might be time to make a change. In the summer months, the most affordable method you can use to dry your clothes is on a washing line. As the months become cooler and the nights start to draw in, a more effective method is a heater airer. Although a heater airer still requires energy, it is a lot more cost effective and energy efficient than a tumble dryer making it an excellent alternative.
To put it into perspective money-wise, the most efficient tumble dryers are cheap to run (41p per load) but cost more in initial outlay c. £350 whereas a heated clothes airer costs less c. £134 and is cheaper to run at only 24p a load.
Another useful way you can manage your energy costs is with a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat is designed to allow you to track your energy usage, minimize costs, and make it possible for you to control your heating remotely. A major plus side is that they are very easy to install and can save you a significant amount of money. Reports show that some of the most effective Smart thermostats can save an average of 31% on heating costs which equates to about £200 a year.
We hope you found this blog post on Affordable Ways to Save on Energy Bills useful. Be sure to check out our post on 14 Ways To Cut Costs In Every Corner of Your Home for more great tips!
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