How To Keep Your Energy Use Low During Lockdown: Keep your energy costs low this lockdown by being more aware of your consumption and making smaller changes in your daily life.
As well all know too well, the Coronavirus pandemic is forcing us indoors, away from the outside world. During this second lockdown, we are all a bit more accustomed to life inside now, but there are still some important things to consider to make sure that we aren’t overpaying for our energy. With the financial instability that the crisis has bestowed upon us, we are all having to think much more carefully about where our money is going, and how we can live as economically as possible. There are government schemes, such as the Energy Price Cap, which ensure that you aren’t overpaying for your energy consumption, however also bear in mind that there are changes you can make in your daily behaviour that will also save you a lot of money down the line. Read on for our hot tips on keeping your energy costs lower this lockdown.
Switch to a more affordable energy plan
During this difficult time financially, none of us can afford to waste money or be overcharged. We all need electricity and gas to keep our homes warm, but none of us wants to pay over the odds for our energy, especially as we enter the winter months. But so many people in the UK are doing just that. Switching energy suppliers is a fool proof way to lower your energy costs. Put simply, if you haven’t switched suppliers in a while, you are most likely overpaying. This is because costs increase year on year, and your energy habits change, meaning that there is most likely a better plan out there for you.
Make sure your appliances aren’t draining your energy
Your appliances are responsible for 55% of the electricity used in your home, so knowing their efficiency ratings can save you money in the long run. There is no doubt that the upfront cost of buying more efficient appliances will be higher, but some simple calculations can help you to work out whether it’ll be worth it. Changing appliances during lockdown might seem like a big upheaval, but in reality, it doesn’t need to be. Having someone deliver your appliances to your door is the easy bit, and then you can often install them yourself. Just be sure to follow government guidance about social distancing when having people in your home.
Also, make sure your appliances are not left on standby! For example, leaving your TV plugged in can drain your electricity. It doesn’t just exist innocently in the corner when it’s not being used. The same goes for your coffee machine, your hair straighteners and any other appliance that plugs into the wall. Unplugging appliances also helps you to be more energy efficient, which is far better for the environment. Check out the Energy Saving Trust’s guide to home appliances which further details the benefits of choosing your appliances wisely.
Working from home means we might be taking longer showers, cooking more, or even procrastinating by watering your garden! However, given that water is such a wasted resource, we should think carefully about how much we tend to use it, and where we can make some savings. For example, shower instead of taking a bath. You can even buy a low-flow shower head to make sure you aren’t using as much water when you’re showering. Only fill up the kettle with the amount of water you need, rather than all the way to the top. All of these small changes will actually lead to big savings down the line.
Put on more clothes!
Finally, simply putting on an extra layer of clothes helps to reduce our dependency on our heating systems, as well as lowering our energy costs. This is a pretty obvious tip, but before reaching for the thermostat to turn up the heating, put on an extra jumper or some fuzzy socks. This comes at no extra cost, and you’ll often find that you won’t need to turn up the heating. Being aware of these small changes you can make on a daily basis will help to shave pounds off your energy bill, since you will become used to going to your wardrobe before your temperature dial.
How To Keep Your Energy Use Low During Lockdown