At this time of year when the darker evenings and cooler weather starts to creep in we tend to use more electricity with switching on lights, tumble driers and using our heating more often.
Did you know that there are several government energy efficiency grants available covering a variety of arrears including loft and wall insulations, heating systems, remote smart controls, draught proofing, water tank jackets, water widgets and LED bulbs. To see what grants are available click here.
Everyday top tips to help reduce your bills
With the rise in energy prices this could prove quite costly and National Energy Action NI (NEA NI) have come up with some simple energy saving tips that can help make a difference to our household bills.
- Make sure your boiler gets an annual service. This will help ensure it is working efficiently and safely.
- Switch off lights when not in the use. This could save your household £14 a year. Switching to LED bulbs could save £4 – £13 per bulb per year.
- Save an average of £35 on electricity a year by drying clothes on a clothesline, instead of using a tumble dryer.
- Leave your appliances on standby mode? Turn them off and save around £30 a year.
- Try not to leave your mobile phone on charge all night.
- Use a bowl to wash up rather than running the tap could save you up to £25 a year.
- Check your windows and doors for draughts. By simply draft proofing your home you could save around £30. A chimney draught excluder could also save you around £20 a year.
- Turning down your room thermostat by 1 degree could save you £70 a year.
- Washing your clothes at 30 degrees can save you around £9 a year. One less cycle per week can also save you £5 a year.
- Only boiling the water you need in your kettle can save you around £6 a year.
For more information visit the NEA NI website by clicking here.
Making sure you are on the right tariff
Have you checked what tariff you are on and how much you are paying? Switching provider or payment method could give you savings on your energy bills. The Consumer Council has a free independent energy price comparison on its website. By using this tool you can compare all available electricity and gas tariffs across Northern Ireland in one place. Check to see if your getting the best deal for your energy The Consumer Council – 028 9025 1600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Affordable Warmth Scheme
The Affordable Warmth Scheme addresses the effects of fuel poverty and energy inefficiency and may be available to you if you:
- live in Northern Ireland
- own and occupy your property as your main home
- have your day / life interest in the house
- rent from a private landlord, and
- have a total annual gross income of less than £23,000
It can help with:
- Heating / Boiler replacement
- Solid wall Insulation
You can find out more information and check if you are eligible by clicking here.