Three Tips for Savvy Energy Consumers

Now, I’m not one to jump on the ‘save money’ bandwagon – there are plenty of bloggers out there writing daily dribble about that. In this day in age, though, who has money to waste? I know I don’t!

On a daily basis, or so it seems, life is getting more expensive. We all have to stretch our pennies as far as they will go. One way to do this is to look at our utility use and compare energy prices.

Pay Attention to the Details

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Whether it’s water, electricity, or gas, utilities are essential to allow us to live a comfortable modern life. So how does the savvy consumer ensure they get the best deals? One way is to regularly check that the tariff you’re on is the right one for you. Someone who spends most of their day out at work, for instance, may benefit from an off-peak tariff, depending on the type of heating they have available. Everyone will benefit from checking which appliances in their home use the largest amount of power – there are plug-in gadgets available now that allow you to monitor your usage. When you buy new appliances, choose the one with the most efficient power rating possible within your price range.

Be a Conservationist

There are also many old traditional ways of using less power. Do you really need the central heating on so high? Couldn’t you add a couple of extra layers instead? Do you really need that electric blanket? Would a hot water bottle do the job as well? When you’re cooking or making a cup of tea, whether it’s with electricity or with gas, don’t boil more water than you need. Make sure your pans have lids if you’re cooking vegetables, and try to match the size of the ban base to the size of the ring – less energy will be wasted that way. Think about buying a slow-cooker – which can save you time as well as energy, and allow you to come home to a delicious-smelling meal.

When it comes to water, there are also ways to save. Taking a daily shower rather than a bath is one option. Using water from washing the dishes to water the plants or the lawn is another way to make your water go further, and getting a couple of rain butts to stand in the garden or on the balcony can also help.

Loyalty Does Not Pay

As profits for the utility companies soar, turn it into a game of wits. How much can you save on your bills? And remember – in this game, customer loyalty doesn’t pay. New customers will often be given incentives that aren’t even offered to existing clients, so it’s in your interests to make sure you check the ever-changing deals out there – regularly.

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