How to Save Energy & Money This Winter

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by Dan Whiteside

With gas suppliers expected to announce an eight per cent price increase on gas and electricity bills this winter, many families are likely to feel the pinch. Extra costs are far from ideal (particularly during a recession) so it’s important to cut your energy bills in any way possible.

Here are five ways to hold onto your hard-earned cash:

Arrange A Boiler Service

According to The Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for 60 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills. That’s why it’s essential to arrange a boiler service before the cold weather hits. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working efficiently and will make any repairs if necessary. If you’re worried about costs, check yourhome insurance cover to see if a gas safety check is included as part of the policy.

Bleed Your Radiators

While we’re on the subject of heating, it’s wise to bleed your radiators. To do this, enter the bleed key into the bleed valve and turn anti-clockwise. Let the trapped air come hissing out – using a towel to protect your hands and a bucket to collect excess water – before tightening the valve once again. This will ensure your radiators are working as best they can and will help you maintain a warm, cosy house.

Use Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, so look for energy-saving alternatives. If you have standard light fittings throughout your home, use compact fluorescent bulbs, as these are a cost-effective option for most general lighting purposes.

If you have halogen downlighters or spotlights, which are most-often found in kitchens and bathrooms, use LEDs instead. They’re a little more expensive than compact fluorescent bulbs, but they can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Fix Leaking Taps

If your taps are leaking, your water bills could be a lot higher than they need to be. To stop throwing money down the drain, call in an emergency plumber for help and advice or fix the problem yourself. To do this, turn off the water supply and unscrew the nut on the tap.

Once the valve is out, inspect the condition of the washer and replace it if necessary. This should do the trick, but if it doesn’t then the tap might need replacing.

Saving energy and money is easier than you might think, so make some small changes to your abode today!.

Authors Bio: Dan Whiteside – Business entrepreneur and money saving guru. Blogger at www.diynewbie.org.

Updated: June 15, 2013 — 5:01 pm

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