How to reduce heating bills and create an energy efficient home

With energy bills increasing by 54% this month – and set to go up again later in the year – now is the time to become an expert in how to reduce your energy usage. Monthly energy bills are sky-rocketing, with many people expecting to pay hundreds of pounds more per month. A lot of people in the UK are worried about how they’ll afford these new prices, or whether they’ll be able to put the heating on. With this guide, we’ll show you how to reduce heating bills and make your home more energy efficient.

Why are energy bills increasing?

Energy bills for gas and electricity are increasing in the UK because the energy price cap – the maximum price energy suppliers can charge households – is being raised. The price cap is reviewed every six months and prices are expected to rise again in October.

A report by Investec has warned that energy bills could reach £3000 per year, which averages out at £250 per month.

Another reason for the increase in gas prices is because of a worldwide squeeze on energy supplies which pushed the price of gas up in 2021. Wholesale prices have risen even higher since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which is the world’s largest natural gas exporter.

How can you attempt to save money on your energy bills, though?

How to reduce heating bill

Fortunately, at the same time as the initial increase of energy bills, the weather is getting better and warmer, which means the heating won’t be on as often. However, that still doesn’t help when it reaches winter again and you’ll need to switch the central heating back on.

There are steps you can take to attempt to reduce your heating bill, though. First of all, try and get as many energy efficient appliances as you can. Anything in your home that uses gas to power it, ensure it has a high energy rating.

Also, for central heating systems, consider installing a smart thermostat. This way you can accurately measure exactly what the temperature is at home and how much energy you’re using. Some smart thermostats can be set to measure the temperature of your home and turn the heating off when it reaches a certain level. If it senses that the temperature has dropped below a comfortable figure, it will fire the heating back up to warm your home again.

Using this type of device can prevent you from overusing your heating, and help you use just the right amount you need to warm your home.

Other energy reducing tips

There are a handful of other little things you can do around your home to ensure a lower energy usage, which are:

  • Turn off standby appliances
  • Turn down your thermostat
  • Replace an old boiler
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature
  • Draught proof your house and insulate your roof
  • Buy efficient appliances

Turn off standby appliances

Try to get into the habit of turning off appliances at the plug for the rest of the year. This includes things like computers, televisions, and games consoles. It could end up saving you around £30 per year, which doesn’t seem like a lot over the course of 12 months, but every little helps – especially when combined with other cost saving steps.

Turn down your thermostat

If you have a smart thermostat that can alter the amount of time the heating is on, great. But you should also lower your thermostat slightly. Your house will still be warm with the heating on, but it won’t needlessly use too much heat. 

Turning your heating down by one degree could save up to £80 over the course of a year.

Replace an old boiler

You can save plenty of energy and money by installing an A-rated efficient boiler to replace your old one. Based on fuel prices in March 2019, a detached house upgrading from a G-rated boiler could save around £300 a year. Do this as soon as you can to reap the financial benefits.

Wash clothes at a lower temperature

Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your energy usage. If you can cut out one wash load every week, you will be able to cut around £5 off your annual energy bill.

Draught proof your house and insulate your roof

We’ve all felt the odd draught in our homes, and most people combat them by cranking the heating up. However, that’s no longer a solution with prices through the roof.

Seal cracks in floors and skirting boards, block an unused chimney and seek out the source of other draughts, then block them up. This can reduce heating bills by around £35 a year.

Also, make sure you insulate your roof. It is a costly procedure, which can end up costing a few hundred pounds, but can actually save around £135 per year in energy costs as it lowers heat loss through your roof. For a short-term cost, it’s a long-term gain.

Buy efficient appliances

Our final tip on how to reduce heating bills and energy costs is to buy efficient appliances. It can be cost-effective in the short-term buying the cheaper option in stores, but they’re likely to have a lower efficiency rating and will cost more in the long run.

Pay that little bit extra to get a high-graded efficiency rating for your appliances like a fridge, oven, microwave, kettle, TV, boiler and more.

Boiler and heating services with toasti

If you’re able to follow all of the above steps, there’s a chance you could save yourself a total of £585 in energy bills. That is a serious saving given the recent price increases across the board.

If you require a new boiler, toasti’s boiler installation service takes the hassle out of the process, making it easy for you to reduce your energy bills with an energy-efficient boiler. Our boiler service can also help to iron out any problems with your existing boiler, making it run smoothly and more efficiently.
Contact toasti today on 0161 527 7326, or email us at info@toasti.co.uk, to find out more ways we can help you.