Fuel Bill Savings – Save hundreds on your fuel bill with these simple steps

The Energy Saving Trust has announced that if everyone had their windows double glazed, we could collectively save £700 million in fuel bills. That’s the equivalent of around 740,000 households’ worth of CO2 emissions.

Double-glazing is just one simple step that can help save you hundreds of pounds in household bills every year. Here’s a look at the top energy saving ideas for around the home, which will make next winter’s energy bill easier on the wallet.

Quality insulation

Did you know that 20% of the home’s heat is lost through windows and doors? Properly insulating the windows and doors of a house is a sure fire way to keep hot air in your home and money safely in your wallet.

Double-glazing involves window frames that contain two panes of glass, with an air-filled cavity between them. This air acts as a natural thermal barrier, or the cavity can alternatively be filled with gas, which protects from the cold even further. Quality glazed windows are available from companies like Safestyle UK, at an affordable rate.

The benefits of double-glazing are astronomical, and you will see a radical drop in your quarterly energy bill almost immediately. Over the years you can easily expect hundreds of pounds in savings.

You’ll also experience a cosier, warmer home, without any of the dampness associated with single glazing. Along with a reduced energy bill you can also rest easy knowing that you’re reducing your carbon footprint with lower CO2 emissions.

Install a meter

If you want to reduce your bills, you need to have a good understanding of how much you are spending. Smart meters allow you to monitor your energy expenditure in real time, and let you budget accordingly.

Update your boiler

Paying for a new boiler might seem like a big expense, but boilers account for around 60 per cent of your annual energy bill. This means there is big potential for savings with a newer, more energy efficient product. Boilers, like white goods, come with an energy efficiency rating from A to G.

In terms of gas products, newer appliances also give you the peace of mind that potential gas leaks won’t be putting your family at risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Little changes

If you haven’t got the budget to make large-scale changes to your home, here are some everyday tweaks that can help to save you money. Simply turning down the heat by 1C can reduce heating bills by close to 10 per cent.

Always turn the radiator off or down in unused rooms and in main rooms fit tin foil behind radiators to reflect heat back to reduce the heat loss. Thick and heavy curtains also help to insulate the room at night.

It might sound like a no-brainer, but energy efficient light bulbs really are the best energy option. They not only last longer, they are certainly greener.