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Trying to save money on your electricity bill when you have a family isn’t easy. We’re all stuck for time and it sometimes feels easier to just leave things as they are in till you get around to them.
Switching any of your bills to a new supplier can and will save you money, especially when it comes to your electricity bill. There are loads of providers out there who can help you switch to a cheaper energy supplier.
Unsure who to use? Then try Switchcraft* who automatically switch you to the best deal available. Many customers have saved over £400 by using their service. We saved over £200 as a family and it took some of the stress away from switching.
If you do nothing else this week to save money then do this. Look into switching your energy supplier now.
There are a lot of energy suppliers out there and it can be minefield to know which supplier is the cheapest.
A company like Switchcraft* uses computer algorithms to track and find you potential savings based on what energy usage you have used previously. Before you make the switch, make sure that all factors have been accounted for including any exit fees on your current deal.
Finding the cheapest deal isn’t easy. If you’d prefer not to use an automatic switching company then using a price compassion site like Compare The Market* is a great idea. They can give you a snap shot or a bull point figure of what you should be paying.
Cheap electricity is a myth but if you see Bulb* come up on the list then give them a go. Bulb supplies 100% renewable electricity and is all about going green. They offer great rates and have been known to be cheaper than the Big Six standard electrical suppliers.
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How to save energy and bring your electricity bill down
Think you are paying to much for your energy as a family? Then try these 31 tips on to help you and your family save money on your electricity bill.
1. Switch your energy supplier now. It’s easy using a switching service like Switchcraft*. If you’d prefer to do it yourself then start by using a price compassion site or by ringing around to find the best deal for you.
2. Switch to monthly direct debit. This could save you a over £80 a year. Being able to take the money straight away means that the energy supplier doesn’t have to risk chasing you for late payment. (Always check your bill and query straight away if something is wrong.)
3. Free insulation or boiler grants. Many energy suppliers offer deals or grants which include new boilers or cavity wall insulation. Having an effective boiler or wall insulation can save you a lot of money going forward.
4. Have electric and gas? Then switching and saving still applies.
5. You can save while going green. It might not be much, but companies like Bulb* who pride themselves on going green can save you money.
6. Can’t switch, won’t switch? Then call your current energy supplier and ask to be moved to the cheapest deal. It may come as a shock, but many households are on what’s called a Standard Tariff which can be quite costly. A quick phone call should have you switched to a cheaper deal without much hassle.
7. Check your direct debit is right. Many suppliers estimate usage over time meaning that you could be paying more a month than you use. Get your correct meter reading and tell your new supplier straight away to stop any big and surprising bills.
8. Swap before your deal ends. Just because you’re on a fixed contract doesn’t mean you can’t switch. Ofgem says that suppliers can not charge you exit fees if you’re in your last seven weeks of your fixed term deal.
9. Even renters can switch too. You don’t have to own the place you’re living in to pick who your energy supplier is. You also don’t have to stay with the same supplier as the previous tenant. As long as you pay your energy supplier and not the landlord you are free to pick your supplier yourself.
10. By asking the family to put a jumper on first before turning the heating on could save your family hundreds of pounds a year.
11. Remember to turn light off when you leave a room.
12. Try turning the thermostat down by 2 degrees and watch your energy bill slowly reduce.
13. Using something as simple as energy saving light bulbs can help reduce your bill.
14. Defrost the freezer every 6 months and make sure the items in your fridge aren’t tightly packed. This means that the cool air can freely move around without making your appliances work harder than they should.
15. Turn off electrical goods like Tvs and game stations. Leaving them on standby can cost you big time over a year.
16. Use warm water to soak your clothes overnight and use a quick 30 minute wash in the machine as a rinse which uses less power.
17. Only boil the water you need.
18. Put fresh water in your kettle immediately after you have used it. It will absorb residual heat and uses less energy.
19. Only put the heating on when you need it. Keeping it on low all day can cost you more.
20. Cling film windows can keep the heat in or the air out. It can act like a second layer of glazing but you need to check it’s airtight. (If your windows are draughty, it may be worth fixing them.)
21. It may be cheaper to set your water system timer so that your hot water comes on only when you need it. You may need to watch how low the water temp gets though as re-heating cold water can be more expensive.
22. Using this standby power can be easily avoided by switching devices off at the wall. The Energy Saving Trust thinks that a normal household could save over £30 a year by turning off devices.
23. Keeping internal doors closed could help your home warn up quicker and for cheaper.
24. Using an airer for your washing instead of your tumble dryer can save you hundreds. Even adding your washing to the radiators could be cheaper than your tumble dryer.
25. Portable heaters can cost more than just turning on your central heating. If you only want heat in a couple of rooms then try turning your radiators off using the valve.
26. If your household doesn’t use much water, combi boilers can be more efficient, as they don’t leave water sitting in a tank where it can lose heat.
27. Rather than switching your heating off, keep your heating at 12 degrees to stop your pipes from freezing.
28. Shut windows during winter. It may been obvious but keeping the warn air in can save money.
29. Open windows instead of putting your extractor fan on after a shower.
30. If your washing machine has a half load use it if not then fill it up.
31. Using a timer can save you money as your heating is only on when you are in.
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Cost of electricity
We all want to save money while raising a family, and making sure your energy bill isn’t higher than it should be can be a real factor to saving money. Doing simple money saving things doesn’t make you cheap, it means that you want to live your life to the full while spending less.
Making this smarter choices means that you’ll have more money to spend on your family in the long run. That can only be a win! Making your money work harder for you is important when you’re trying to raise a family.
If you haven’t started already, then creating a household budget is a good place to start saving money. It allows you to see what you’re spending money and if you need to cut back.
Just by doing a few simple things each month can really help you save.
If you have no clue how to start saving money and all this seems new to you then try these three posts below:
- Budget Meal Planning: How to meal plan so it saves you time and money
- How to afford maternity leave in the UK
- Family Life: Sorting Your Home Finances When You Are Living With Less
Our top five money saving tips are:
1.Start a monthly budget and stick to it. That way you know what you have left over, if anything that month. Use my FREE downloadable budget planner to help.
2. Go through all your bills and check you’re on the best deal. Phone them and ask. What’s the worst that can happen? Look at Compare The Market* and check how much you should be paying. This gives you a base line and means that you can either grab a deal or haggle with your existing supplier.
3. Use a FREE app like Plum* to help keep track of your families spending habits. It’s completely free and it lets you input your salary and outgoings, plus links to all your accounts including savings and investments.
4. Move to a water meter if you haven’t already. This tracks your exact water use so you have complete control.
5. Switch energy suppliers EVERY year without fail. Bulb*, who are trying to make switching your energy supplier easier, cheaper and greener. You’ll also receive £40 when you switch! Finding out how much they could save you is completely free!
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more money saving ideas, then head over to the saving my family money section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 50 money saving tips to help you save your family more. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family saving Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to stop spending and save more; Money Saving Tips for Families and Managing Money for Families.
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