Finding Cheaper Electricity Prices where you can
The need to find cheaper electricity prices becomes even more urgent as these continue their rise.
With the world demand for energy constantly rising it is likely that prices for utilities will continue to rise.
Therefore only way to survive these price hikes is to become an expert and practice economy.
You will need to seek out the
cheapest utilities deal, compare prices
and your savings can be enormous.
FIND CHEAPER FUEL WHERE YOU CAN
1. There are now so many price comparison sites available on the Internet that you can quickly source the best possible tariff for cheaper electricity prices and supplies. This could save you money – in fact an awful lot of it! The rates they can offer are amazing.
BUT - In reality the only
effective way of reducing your bills,
now that prices are continually soaring, is to economise.
2. Don't leave any electronic equipment - computers, TVs. radios, HiFi's. DVDs - with a standby function switched on when not in use. These small lights will burn a fantastic amount of electricity and are also a fire hazard should the equipment become overheated. The average house can have as many as six of these small pea lights burning electricity 24/7. Manufacturers need to realise that this is not the way to cheaper electricity prices and bills.
3. This tip comes under the heading of - cheating - because this is not one of the utilities in the correct sense of the word. If you can install or already have a wood burning stove that is capable of heating the water, you can let such ideas as price comparison sites etc. almost pass you by.
When you are on your next country walk take a sturdy carrier bag with you and collect small pieces of wood to use as kindling to get the stove started.
It may need to be left to dry out before using. Enjoy your walk, think of the exercise you are getting and the money you are saving! Cheap does not come much better than this!
One word of warning here, if your house has a
thatched roof be very wary of wood burning stoves or open fires. It
just takes one spark landing on such a roof to cause disaster.
4. Fit thermostatic valves to your radiators, this will save you heating on rooms that are hardly used. If you do have thermostatic valves already fitted to your radiators, make sure they are correctly set.
5. Keep the room doors closed. This way they will retain the heat more efficiently. What a lovely feeling. Keep snug, keep warm, save money.
6. Try turning the central heating thermostat down by just one degree. This should make a difference to the amount of fuel you burn. Think cheaper electricity prices! Think save money!
Don’t tell anyone you have done this and the chances are they will not notice, but your savings will be high.
If they do notice, don’t tell them what you have done, just say the weather is colder and tell them to put on an extra sweater or move around more by doing batch cooking, etc. Think of the budget. Keep quiet – it’s all in the mind. Think utilities - think of the need to save money, think cheaper electricity prices.
7. Make sure your central heating boiler is serviced each year to make sure it is running efficiently. All boilers need electricity to function. Also, it is possible in this yearly service to detect future faults. Accidents waiting to happen!
8. Request an actual meter reading instead of accepting an estimated bill. If there are major changes in the way you use electricity in your home, such as adding or losing residents, installing a new, more efficient dishwasher or washing machine and changes to the home itself i.e., adding more insulation in the loft or installing double glazing, these are all likely to make a change in your final meter reading. Use it to your advantage and make sure you get the best cheaper electricity prices.
9. If you have an Economy 7 meter installed, use this to the utmost by setting slow cookers, immersions heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, electric tooth brushes etc. on charge during this cheaper electricity period.
10. If you can save 1p. per hour on your electricity usage you will save a massive £87.60 per annum. It can be done!
11. Most electricity supply companies have a free booklet with tips on saving electricity in the home. Some also do a free home analysis to see where you can save even more engergy. It is worth a quick phone call to check.
12. With the cost of Solar Panels now falling is it time to investigate installing them to reduce the outlay on electricity and/or heating the water required in your family? At present rates it will take about 20 years for the average family to recoup the cost of the capital outlay on installation. If you are the house owner and plan on long-term residency, this scheme may be of interest.
13. There are more tips on cheaper electricity on our other page Cheaper Electricity Bills.
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