Saving money on energy bills

ended 17. March 2022

A journalist at the Daily Express is looking for comments on simple ways people can save money on their energy bills amid the rising cost of living. Whether it's using the washing machine less or taking 2-minute showers, how can we cut our energy bills down as costs rise? Also looking at how much each simple task could save you, e.g. only washing your clothes at 30C could save £X amount per month/year.
 



 

4 responses from the Newspage community

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"Try a Dry Wash Shampoo for the days when you need to wash your hair. You'll save on water by not needing a shower (over 100L for a power shower lasting 8 minutes), energy by not needing to heat the water, yourself or the house when you're cold and wet from bathing and running the hair dryer so you're ready to face a cold winter's day. We're not suggesting you never shower again, but every little helps! Clean hair without the cold and save on your bills."
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"I have been vigorously suggesting to my wife that we should return to showering together."
The best advice is nothing to do with reducing your energy usage. Instead, reduce your outgoings. Have you considered a remortgage to extend the term of your mortgage to reduce that payment? Have you considered consolidating debt to reduce outgoings simultaneously as extending your mortgage term? Most people carry unsecured debt, and consolidating it into their mortgage to increase disposable income when the cost of living is skyrocketing is realistically one of the only ways to smooth the bumps coming down the road. People need to be looking at what will give them the biggest bang for their buck rather than tinkering at the edges with turning the washer down by 10 degrees. This is not blanket advice, and of course, your home may be at risk if you do not keep up your mortgage repayments. Also, people should think carefully about securing debt against their home because when consolidating existing borrowing, people should be aware that extending the term could increase the amount repaid. This is why it's best to talk to a good mortgage broker and establish the right course of action."
I am a money coach with a heating engineer as a husband. This is for all combi boiler owners out there. Our gas bill shows us how many kilowatts (kW) we use. A useful figure to know is a kilowatt-hour (kWh). The average family size house will have a 30kW boiler which will use 30kW of energy per hour. Last July I was charged 2.7p per /kWh so I multiply that by 30 to find out how much runnning the boiler for an hour costs me. 2.7 x 30 = 81p per hour. My new tarriff will be 7.5p. Yikes. Let's do the sum again 7.5 x 30 = £2.25 per hour. Using the hot tap to wash a cup, fill a pan etctakes about a minute. Turning on the hot tap means the boiler fires up. It takes some time for the hot to come through, but all the while the boiler is using energy - how much does that cost? £2.25 divided by 60 minutes = is about 4p. Do that 10 times a day - 40p. Do that every day for a year = £146! To save money - use the cold, store the washing up and use one bowl of water at the end of the day. Notice... how often do you turn the hot tap on!