How to save money on your energy bills when moving home
Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned home-mover, buying and moving into a new property is both an exciting and expensive time. And while we can't do anything to make things more exciting, we can help make life a little less expensive - check out these simple ways to reduce energy costs in your new home, so you can put the money towards something else.
Check the Energy Performance Certificate
All properties that are being sold, rented or built in the UK must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available for prospective buyers/renters to see. An EPC will show the information about a property’s energy efficiency and costs whilst also giving recommendations of how to reduce energy use in the property. The EPC also rates the energy efficiency of a property from A to G, with A being the most efficient. To ensure you will be paying the least amount on your energy bills, it can be worth looking for property’s that have a high energy efficiency rating.
Invest in energy efficient goods
If you are moving into your first home and you need to kit yourself out with everything from televisions to tumble dryers, take the opportunity invest in the most energy efficient goods you can afford. Althoguh the initial costs may be a little more than buying less energy efficient goods, you will feel the benefits each month when it comes to paying your energy bill. Even if you’re moving from another property and already have everything you need, a new home can be a great opportunity to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances.
Switch your energy supplier
When moving into a new home, you may be put on the current supplier’s standard tariff which will more than likely be their most expensive rate. With huge savings available each year simply by ensuring you’re on the right energy tariff for your needs, it’s important that you conduct an energy comparison when you move in.
How to find out who is your current energy supplier
Before carrying out a comparison, it helps if you know who the current energy supplier is. To find out, go to Who Supplies my Gas and Electricity? After this, you will be able to conduct a comparison and be well on your way to saving hundreds on your annual energy bills.
Make your home more energy efficient
It also helps to make your home more energy efficient, and while installing double glazing and cavity wall insulation can help you make big savings on your energy bills, both can be expensive and disruptive, particularly when you've just moved house and both time and money could be tight.
So consider these smaller changes that can all add up to big savings...
- Fit energy saving light bulbs - although it costs around £100 to replace all the bulbs in the average house, energy-saving bulbs last longer than standard bulbs and can save around £35 a year.
- Block draughts - draughts in doors and windows can account for as much as 10% of the heat lost in a house - draught-proofing doors and windows can cut up to £35 off your energy bills. If the house has any unused chimneys, fitting a draught excluder can save up to £25 a year.
- Cover windows at night - fit blinds and curtains to windows and close them at night to help keep the heat in.
- Fit radiator reflectors - installing reflective panels behind radiators makes them work more efficiently by stopping heat escaping through walls and reflecting it back into the room. It's also worth bleeding radiators to remove any trapped air and make sure they're working at full capacity.
Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.