It was Benjamin Franklin who was famously quoted as saying ” in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well I would disagree with this, and add that nowadays, we can also rely on the fact that each Winter, our heating bills will rise. The growing cost of fuel bills, and the rise of fuel poverty is one of the major problems facing families, with those most impacted sometimes having to choose between ‘eat’ and ‘heat’. But there are things that we can do to make savings on our bills, and to beat the fuel giants at their own game.
We are all trying to be more sustainable, particularly when it comes to energy, with solar panels and wind turbines becoming more apparent and important. But, as Douglas Healy, an expert in energy-related issues has pointed out, relying on any one form of energy can be both misguided and dangerous, particularly if the source is naturally weather reliant. We need to look at all the sources we use, and then see how we can adapt them in our own homes to be more economical, and sustainable, striking, hopefully, a happy medium.
Loyalty to one provider is no longer something that is rewarded. Instead you need to shop around and make sure you change your provider on a regular basis. Look for deals that fix fuel prices for a year or two so you don’t have any increases during your tenancy, and once the offer is finished, look at swapping again.
Use the internet to make comparisons on tariffs and choose the most competitive option available. The Martin Lewis money saving expert site is always a good bet to help you find the best deals. Also look for cashback offers or incentives from companies.
It has to be said that a lot of us run up bills through sheer stupidity. We leave lights on in rooms we are not using, we fail to keep heat in rooms by shutting doors, we leave devices plugged in, and on standby even when we are not using them, or, worst still, we are not even home.
By simply being a little more energy savvy we could help to bring our bills down, and all by doing things that we don’t even notice. It has to be worth a try.
Get a Wood burner
One of the issues I have in Winter is that I work from home and so tend to put the central heating on once temperatures start to dip, and as a consequence I am heating up every room even though I am only working in one room. A wood burner is a great way to save money, it gives off lots of heat, can be used for one room only.but if you leave a door open it could also send heat next door.
A wood burner is a source of heat that you control. and is safe to use too. Definitely a worthwhile investment if your bills are proving to be more than you want.