Top ten reasons why your bills are too big

Saving money on energy also helps cut carbon emissions.

One of the things that I often get asked as a Utility Warehouse Partner is why my bills are too high. There are two ways to come at this:

  1. Get on a good tariff for your energy by changing to a green supplier like Utility Warehouse.
  2. Run through this little list to see where energy may be seeping away...

First things first, are you using too much? We are a family of five in a four bed detached and get through 17,900kWh of gas a year. Are you using hugely more?

The first suspect is always the hot water. Do you have instant hot water or a hot water tank? If a tank then I guess that the hot water is set to come on many hours a day. If we can get that down to one hour then this can make a HUGE difference to your bill.

If you have thermostatic radiator valves then turn them down in the rooms you do not use.

Consider changing to using a smart thermostat system like Tado, Hive or Next. A decent plumber can fit these for a few hundred pounds. They help save in three distinct ways:

  1. You can set the heating to come on and to an exact temperature for every hour of the day every day of the week. Best of all, it knows when there is no-one in the house as it runs off an app on your phones. When we have gone out it turns the heating down and can work out how long it will take you to get home and make sure it is nice and toasty when you get back. That includes going on holiday!
  2. You put the thermostat where you actually spend most of your time. A lot of properties have the thermostat in the hall. Strangely, we don't tend to live there so why try and make that the place with optimised heating? Move it to the lounge where you do spend most of your time.
  3. Set it so that the hot water only comes on when you need it. Rather than on a timer we just press a button to turn the hot water on for half and hour before we have a bath or shower. Saves a small fortune!

How about electricity? If you have a smart meter then look at the instant consumption when 'nothing is turned on' to see the background consumption from the broadband router, fridge and freezer that are on all the time plus all the TVs, TV boxes, phone chargers, laptops and computers that are on standby. Ours ranges from 180 to 450w. If yours is more that that then try unplugging things until you spot the culprit.

Big culprits are old freezers, underfloor heating, heated towel rails, fish pond pumps and immersion heaters.

If you need any more help then please drop me a line at dave@cleverlittlepig.com or give me a call on 07973 833150 and I am happy to help.