Whether you're a renter or homeowner, we don't doubt the desire to save a few pennies here and there. Mortgages and the rent take up a considerable chunk of income, so saving money where possible should be welcomed with open arms. And unless you're renting a place where the bills are included, energy consumption is one of the best areas where you can reduce outgoings. In this guide we've got some handy tips on how to save energy when renting. So read on and watch the numbers on your bill shrink.
During the warmer months, draughts are unlikely to be much of a problem. As soon as it gets a bit chilly outside, however, you're in trouble. Gaps in the windows and doors become ripe for allowing cold air into your home and hot air out of it. Next, you're ramping up the notch on the heating, which leads to higher bills and more cash leaving your bank account. How do you combat it? You can create short fixes, such as buying draught excluders to trap in the heat. If it's a really big gap, then tell your managing agent or landlord, who will need to come up with a fix for the issue.
Keep an eye on the thermostat
If you're feeling cold, it's easy to mosey on over to the thermostat and turn it up a dial or two. Problem solved. Only, it'll cost you – the higher the heating number, the higher those numbers on your bill. One way to avoid turning up the thermostat involves adding an extra layer of clothes and turning the thermostat down by 1c. Doing so could save you as much as £60 over the year, and you probably won't even notice the difference in temp with that extra layer on.
Get a smart meter
If you're renting, it's not quite as simple as making demands to your landlord or managing agent about installing a smart meter. But it's worth asking the question. With one in place, you can manage how much you spend on energy in the home and have a clearer indication of bills costs. Smart meters provide live data and give you real-time updates on the numbers involved with heating your home.
Sometimes the best way to save on energy involves changing providers. Search the market using comparison websites and see the options available. It's free to look for a new deal, and you could find out you're paying more than other providers on the market. Of course, changing energy suppliers is dependent on the type of contract you have with current provider and if you're locked in or not. But there's no harm in searching the market to find more efficient deals.
LED all the way
It's not only heating that ramps up those utility bill costs; leaving unnecessary lights on can have a major impact on how much you pay. So too can the type of light bulbs you use, and fitting the latest energy-saving LED bulbs in your home is a fantastic way to cut the bills. Plus, they can last up to 20 years, so you won't even need to replace them that often.
Turn the dial down (the other one)
Yeah, turning the thermostat down is great, but do you know what else helps? Not washing your clothes on 60c the entire time. In fact, 30c is more than enough to give you a nice clean wash, and it's much cheaper than continually running the washing machine at high temperatures. Washing machines use around 90% of their energy heating the water, so a cooler wash leads to less energy consumed. And you know what that means? Lower bills.
Defrost the freezer
Defrosting your freezer makes it more efficient and cheaper to run. Plus, it prolongs its life span, so get the cloths out, lay them on the floor and give the freezer a good ol' defrosting to reduce your energy bills and keep it in good nick.
And check the fridge temperature
While you're defrosting the freezer, pay close attention to your fridge. Is it too cold? Turning the temp right down will increase the amount of energy it uses, and you'll have a higher bill to pay as a result. Four degrees is the best level for food storage, so try and keep it around this number. Manage to do that, and you could save yourself £20 a year.
Feeling energised with lower energy
It's all well and good leaving all the lights on, ramping up the heating and making sure your fridge is freezing cold, but doing so will cost you when it comes to paying your bills. With our advice, however, you can run a tight ship in the home and keep the bills down. Your pockets will get fatter and your bills lower. What's not to like about that?