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Jun 27

Big summer energy savings

Summer is finally upon us, and as it heats up outside the last thing on your mind will be how to keep your home warm. But pushing energy saving to the top of your agenda this summer can save you serious money in the long run.

You can save hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills and make your home more energy efficient for less if you get started now. Read on to find out how.

Shop now, save later

If you’ve been with the same energy supplier for as long as you can remember, then now is the time to switch.

There are no rewards for loyalty, companies just rely on your apathy to make them money – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The summer months are the perfect time to look for a new energy deal and using our dedicated switching service you can make big savings (over £450 in some cases) quickly and easily – simply enter your postcode here to get started.

Spend less making your home more energy efficient

If you’re looking to make energy saving improvements to your home, such as installing a new boiler or improving loft and cavity wall insulation, it’s worth checking to see if you can apply for a grant to cover the cost.  Local authorities and energy companies offer grants and awards if you’re on a low or fixed income, or if you meet other eligibility criteria based on factors such as age.

The Energy Saving Trust has a database where you can check if you’re eligible. It’s worth doing, as insulating your loft can save you around £150 a year if you currently only have minimum insulation, and a new energy efficient boiler could save over £200 annually. Find out more about energy saving grants here. And for more energy saving ideas, we’ve got loads of other easy ways to cut your heating bills here.

Simple steps you can take to save money

With energy costs due to rise this summer by as much as 20%, now is the time to look at where you can save energy in your home in order to keep your bills down.

It’s amazing how much money you can save by taking a few simple steps.

  • A radiator booster increases the efficiency of your heaters, enabling them to warm up rooms in up to half the time, allowing the boiler to shut down sooner, saving heating time and costs. They can save an average household between £70 and £140 per year.
  • 40% of a radiator’s heat is wasted on heating the wall – stop this waste and save up to 20% on heating bills with an easy to fit radiator panel. Combined with a radiator booster it can make a huge difference.
  • Did you know that 15% to 20% of heat in a typical home is lost through draughts? An Ecoflap letterbox draught excluder fits on the back of your letterbox, and is designed to completely exclude draughts from your home. It has been estimated that up to 27% of heat in a hallway can be lost through a draughty letterbox.
  • Unless you have a working real fire, chimneys should be draught proofed to prevent heat loss. A chimney pillow is a simple and cost effective way of doing this, and come in a variety of sizes for every chimney. Savings can be around £15 a year.

Have an eco-shower

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This isn’t one of those gadgets that simply turns off your shower right at the point you are about to wash off your shampoo – it’s much cleverer than that. The Ecocamel is wallet and environmentally friendly, and it’s really easy to install. You won’t need to change your existing shower as you simply replace the shower head with the Ecocamel and start saving water and money straight away.

It works by sucking air into the water stream and mixing the two together. The mixing process increases the pressure which means you don’t just get a trickle, but a normal stream of water coming from the shower head. Mixing air with the water means that you use up to 45% less water, so you can make significant savings on your bills. According to the manufacturers this can equate to a saving of up to £240 per year on both water and heating, based on a family of four.

We’ve tested this gadget and it comes recommended. Although it doesn’t work quite as well on a full-blast power shower, the Ecocamel is well worth investing in as it works like a treat on a normal shower.

Sounds like this is one shower you really want to take! You can find out more about the Ecocamel and purchase one, on their website.

Monitor your energy usage

energymonitorWe’re constantly told that we waste energy in our homes and we could save thousands of tonnes of carbon, and loads of money if we were more careful. Trouble is, if it isn’t in figures we can picture it doesn’t really sink in. That’s why an energy monitor is a brilliant idea.

These clever little gadgets tell you in real time, exactly how much energy you’re using. More importantly they also calculate how much money that energy usage is costing you – also in real time. Be prepared for a shock if you leave the TV on standby overnight!

An energy monitor will really make you think about your energy usage, and they store data over long periods of time, which means you can see how much progress you’re making with cutting your usage and saving money. At an average running cost of 2.5p a week an energy monitor is highly cost effective.

There is a variety of energy monitors available to buy, from specialists like Current Cost and from energy companies directly. Prices start from around £20.00 and we at Moneymagpie think it’s a worthwhile investment. Find out more about an energy monitor on the Current Cost website.

Useful links

  • Beat the energy price rise – you could save yourself hundreds of pounds switching provider by using our comparison tool. See if you could save here.
  • Green grants
  • Energy Saving Trust

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