Saving Money on Your Gas and Electricity

It has been a cold winter, and that although unpleasant in itself may have resulted in a number of other problems. With gas and electricity prices dominating the headlines in the winter months it can be worrying for people already struggling to pay high prices for energy. There are a few ways, however, that you can reduce the amount of electricity and gas you use even before a bill lands on your doorstep.

One of the first things you can do is look at the way you use your energy. You can save a substantial amount of money by turning off and unplugging your appliances after you use them. Generally appliances use up to 80 per cent of the amount of energy they would if they were on, in standby mode. By unplugging these devices you can save a large amount of money. If you have more baths than showers, then you should consider changing this. Baths use substantially more energy than showers.

You should also make sure that you are on the cheapest tariff. When you compare electricity prices you may find that you have been paying over the odds for your electricity. You should also have a look at dual pricing plans, where you buy your gas and electricity from the same supplier. You may also save money by paying by direct debit, although this will be set by your provider.

Before you have a look at energy suppliers you should also make sure that your home is well-insulated. This includes looking at roof, and cavity wall insulation. You may also need to look at double glazing, as traditional windows allow more heat to escape meaning that you pay more in energy costs. There are some schemes for improvements for the improvement in home insulations, so it is worth having a look to see what you are edible for.