Naturally, energy bills are a primary concern for households up and down the UK. We're always looking for ways to cut back on our energy usage, whether it's out of care for the environment or a need to save money. Big Energy Saving Week is here, and it's all about spreading the word on practical, positive ways to help you take control of your bills at home.
It all starts here. In the run up to winter, Eco Stores Direct will be chiming in with regular updates about how you can take control and keep costs down at home. From recommending energy saving products from our fantastic, energy efficient range of heating solutions, to offering general tips, tricks and things to look out for that can shed pounds off your quarterly bill.
So, let's get started. What can you do now that will make a difference to your energy bills this winter?
Review your energy tariff
This sounds like a no-brainer, but it's amazing how many customers don't bother to check what's available with their current energy provider. From fixed tariffs to one of savings, there are many (perhaps too many) tariffs to choose from, and one might benefit your more for individual reasons. Even if you've been with a company for years and are positive that you took the cheapest option, keep checking in as new options and tariffs are appearing almost monthly. Regulators Ofgem have now instructed energy companies to be a lot more transparent about what their 'cheapest deals' are, so they shouldn't be too difficult to find. Once you've found them, unless your in a fixed contract, switching should be a breeze.
Make the big switch
No, we're not talking about flicking off the light switch (although that's a great idea too, when leaving a room). We're talking about switching energy suppliers. It can be a daunting prospect, and at the moment it's a process that can still take some time, but it really isn't all that difficult. Many people stay with their suppliers out of convenience, even if they're getting a poor deal. The perception is that changing suppliers will mean lots of paperwork, backdated bills and general stress or hassle. This couldn't be further from the truth! To switch your energy supplier, all you really have to do is approach a new company, tell them you're interested in switching to them, and they should be able to take care of the rest. It's also wise to let your current energy company know, and make sure that any remaining balance is settled beforehand, but this will also happen automatically behind the scenes if you're busy.
Check your hot water tank
People all over the country are missing out on a great way to save money here. By default, many water tanks or boilers keep the water temperature far hotter than you need it. Ever get in the shower and have to tinker with the taps to make the water cooler so you don't burn yourself? Or fill the sink up to do the dishes only to find that you can't reach into the water without wincing? Your water temperature is too hot. Most thermostats on water tanks are fitted around the middle of the unit - find yours, and make sure the temperature is set to 60 degrees celcius (140 F). Anything more is just too hot!
Get thicker curtains
It may sound a little trivial, but don't underestimate the money saving potential behind some quality thick curtains. Drawing them as the sun's going down will help to insulte your home and keep it warmer, meaning that your central heating system won't have to work quite so hard to keep it that way - less effort, means less energy needs to be used which ultimately results in smaller bills.
Update your heater timers
Eco Stores Direct are here to bring you the very latest in energy news, views and opinions from across the UK. They are also suppliers of energy efficient electric heating solutions and are constantly assessing the market for the best products and the latest ground-breaking technology which they think will make a real difference to their customer's homes. Eco Stores Direct are devoted to helping you reduce your carbon footprint and bring down your energy bills and they work hard to raise awareness of energy efficient products that can make all the difference. For more information on their range of designer electric radiators or energy efficient electric panel heaters, call one of their friendly team today on 0330 300 4444 for a free assessment.