How to save money on your electricity bill
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I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful for some spring sunshine.
Although we had a full store of wood for the wood burner we’ve used backup electric heating for the first time in a number of years and I’ve just had to submit my meter reading.
It wasn’t good I’m afraid, so my spring resolution is to cut back on our electricity usage.
We’ve gone back up to using around 20 units per day which isn’t good for our bank balance OR the environment.
Here are some areas I’m going to be addressing and I’d love to hear your tips.
Three days last week I went into Little Miss Green’s bedroom, midmorning, and found the curtains closed and the lights left on!
Every evening last week I went upstairs to bed to find the office lights still on.
Although we use energy efficient light bulbs it’s still wasted electricity, right?
This week, then, I’m the ‘Lights Police’. I’ll be trotting around after everyone checking those switches have been turned OFF!
We’re all creatures of habit who like convenience, right?
Well I’m afraid I’ve got like that with my energy supplier.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut; to ‘avoid the hassle’ of switching or simply not get around to it.
But did you know, you could save over £200 by switching suppliers?
Sites like MoneySupermarket.com make it simple to compare prices AND they will show you all the Green tariffs available so you can make a more sustainable choice.
I’m ashamed to say that for the past 3 months there has been a shower sitting in my front porch.
I managed to get it at a knock down price post Christmas but it’s not installed yet!
I’ll be bribing talking nicely to Mr Green and asking him to actually put the shower in so we can use it for its intended purpose.
So far this winter I’ve been incredibly lazy and used the immersion tank every day, which is a huge waste of electricity.
One of my goals for this year is to get another solar panel.
You’ll be aware we already have two small panels which run the downstairs lighting, but if I could get a couple more we might be able to run the entire house.
This would mean I could hang up my ‘Lights Police’ jacket for good, and if Little Miss Green leaves the lights on too much, well, she might just suffer ‘lights out’ earlier than anticipated!
What about you? What steps are you taking to reduce your electricity consumption at the moment?
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