How to reduce your energy bills as an older person - Elderly person money saving guide
There are some things you can do to save money on your energy bills as an older person.
Elderly people may be retired and looking to tighten the purse strings when it comes to energy spending.
Apart from comparing and switching energy companies which is what will save you the most overall, you can do this through A Spokesman Said, there are a few other tips to bring your bill down once you have committed to an energy company.
Controlling the temperature in your home
Use a thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home. There is no bigger waste of money than having the heating on when it’s not required.
You can also turn off any radiators in rooms that you don’t use and close the doors, this will keep the rest of your house warm whilst not wasting energy on rooms that are not in use.
A timer can be great for saving energy. If you have your heating set on a timer then when you are out of the house it will turn your heating off but can have it warm by the time you come back in without having to have had the heating on for the whole period of time.
Using your washing machine at a lower temperature is a really useful energy saving tip.
Doing a wash at 30 degrees will save around 40% electricity over the year compared to washing at higher temperatures.
Insulation in your home
Most homes will have some loft insulation but often this isn’t enough. Having 270mm of insulation in your lost will save you around £135 per year on energy bills.
Some homes will have cavity walls where there is a space between inner and outer layers of brick. Having this space insulated can save up to £150 per year.
Having double glazing throughout your home can save up to £80 per year on heating bills.
You can push down the insulation costs however by only having double glazing in rooms that are used the most. It is however preferable to have double glazing throughout the entirety of your home.
Keep and eye on lights and appliances
For a start make sure that all your traditional bulbs are switched to LED bulbs.
You can save around £6 per year per bulb. Once you have energy saving bulbs then focusing on turning them off when you leave the room to save money, do not do this at the expense of safety it has to be said.
Make sure your home is well lit but not wasteful by lightning rooms you are not using.
Having an appliance run efficiently is important to saving energy. You can defrost your freezer twice a year and this will help make sure it runs more efficiently.
Appliances nowadays will come with an energy rating so when purchasing make sure that you choose the best energy rating you possibly can.
The higher the energy rating the higher the saving on your energy bills.
To compare and save on energy click here. We also have a guide on how to switch energy supplier so be sure to check that out here.