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Tips to Saving Energy and Reducing Bills

Find out how you can save energy, reduce your utility bills, and use energy more efficiently with these tips.

As the cost of energy continues to fluctuate, homeowners are seeking ways to take control of their energy usage and reduce bills, especially during the winter months. While energy providers are gradually lowering costs, there are proactive steps individuals can take to enhance energy efficiency in their homes. Read on for practical tips to help you save energy and ultimately cut down on your energy bills.

 

Monitor and Manage Energy Consumption

Start by keeping a close eye on your energy usage. Avoid peak times, especially between 5-7 PM if you're on a Smart Plan with major providers. Simple adjustments, such as using the washing machine with cold water or opting for shorter wash cycles, can significantly reduce energy consumption. Be mindful of charging your electric car during off-peak hours to optimise savings.

 

Switching Providers for Savings

Consider switching energy providers to capitalise on potential savings. Platforms like Bonkers.ie can help you compare and find the most cost-effective options. While there may be a nominal fee for switching providers mid-contract, the potential savings of 300-500 euros per year often outweigh this initial cost.

 

Lighting Solutions

Opt for LED lightbulbs over traditional ones for more energy-efficient lighting. A simple switch can save you up to 7 euros annually per bulb. Research and choose reputable brands for quality and longevity. LED bulbs use 90% less energy, making them an eco-friendly and cost-effective choice.

 

Programmable Thermostats

Upgrade to programmable thermostats to regulate temperature based on your daily routine. This smart investment ensures that your heating system operates efficiently when you're home and conserves energy when you're away, leading to substantial long-term savings.

Read: How to Save Money with Smart Radiator Valves

 

Unplug Unused Devices

Unplug devices and appliances that are not in use to prevent "phantom" energy consumption. It's estimated that up to 20% of an average energy bill can be attributed to devices left plugged in unnecessarily. A small habit change can yield significant results.

 

Invest in Solar Panels

Harness the power of the sun by investing in solar panels. With over one million Irish homes deemed suitable for solar, this renewable energy source can provide up to 25% of residential energy needs. Post a job with Onlinetradesmen to find local and qualified solar professionals and take control of your energy bill while contributing back to the grid.

Read: Meet the Expert: Solar Panels For Your Home

 

Insulation for Energy Efficiency

Prioritise insulation to minimise heat loss and save money in the long run. Whether it's insulating windows, doors, or walls, investing in quality insulation services can make a significant impact. Post a job on Onlinetradesmen to find verified insulation professionals offering external, foam, or cavity wall insulation services.

Read: Cavity Wall Insulation Explained

Read: Attic and Wall Insulation Explained

 

Efficient Heating Solutions

Consider upgrading to a heat pump if your home meets the necessary BER (Building Energy Rating) requirements. Heat pumps work best in well-insulated homes, maintaining a consistent temperature while minimising energy waste. If your gas boiler is reaching the end of its lifespan, taking advantage of SEAI grants for a heat pump installation could be a wise investment.

Read: Home Energy Upgrade Solutions

 

Empowering your home with these energy-saving measures not only contributes to a more sustainable future but also puts you in control of your energy expenses. Whether it's making small adjustments in daily habits or investing in long-term solutions like solar panels and insulation, every effort counts towards creating an energy-efficient and cost-effective living space. Start implementing these changes today and celebrate a year-round reduction in your energy bills.

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