Save money on your bills
Regenda Homes is investing in energy efficient technologies to save you money.
We have been installing cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing and more efficient boilers.
You can also make a difference to the amount of energy you use in your home. Did you know that simple changes could help you save money and reduce your impact on the environment?
Make small changes to the way you use energy at home can make a big saving.
- Use your heating controls to make sure you only heat your home when you need it.
- Choose thick curtains and blinds and close them during the evening to trap warm air in the house.
- Try not to keep furniture away from radiators so air can circulate.
- Never dry clothes on your radiator (try to dry clothes outside or use a clothes rail by a radiator and open a window slightly to prevent condensation).
- Reduce your room temperature by 1°c on your thermostat – this can save around £60 per year!
Read more on how to use your central heating controls.
In the kitchen:
- Use the correct size pan for the hob and use a lid to trap heat within the pan.
- Reheat food in the microwave – it will use much less energy than an electric oven.
- Keep your fridge and freezer 75% full to keep them working efficiently and allow food to cool down before refrigerating it (you can put bunched newspaper in the freezer to fill it to 75% if you don’t have much food in there).
- Boil water in a kettle but only boil as much water as you need.
- Use a slow cooker where possible – they use less energy than an oven.
- Keep your fridge and freezer clean – air flows better when there is no dust.
- Check the fridge and freezer doors are tight: place a piece of paper in the doors and shut them - if it can be removed easy, the seals may need replacing to stop warm air entering.
Washing and cleaning:
- Only use dishwashers and washing machines when you have a full load.
- Use a clothes rail or washing line to dry clothes whenever you can – tumble dryers cost around 50p an hour to run.
- Washing at cooler temperatures saves energy – it also prolongs the life of your clothes.
- Keeping your windows clean will let more light into your home, meaning you will use less lighting.
- Avoid using the pre-rinse setting on washing appliances: modern appliances clean even the dirtiest of items without the need to rinse them beforehand.
- Use the economy settings on appliances where possible – this will save energy and use much less water.
- Turn your appliances off at the plug to avoid wasting energy on standby. It’s not just televisions and computers that use energy on standby; items like microwaves, set top boxes and modems all use energy when not in use. Turning appliances off rather than using standby mode can save up to £100 a year.
- Charging your phone or laptop for longer than needed reduces the battery life and wastes energy – don’t leave your phone charging over night.
- Check the brightness settings on your television - often the factory settings are brighter than you need and turning these down will save money.
- Modern televisions have ambient light settings – watching television with the light off can help these televisions use between 30% and 50% less energy.
- When buying new systems, look for the items that have the Energy Saving Trust Endorsed Product logo, or are listed online http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/businesses/est-online
Three easy steps to switching
Step one: engage
Before you can start comparing energy suppliers, look at your most recent energy bill or annual summary to find out how much energy you use and what you are currently paying. Consider any payments that you might need to make to your current supplier before you can switch, such as outstanding bills or exit fees. Make a note of this information for your gas and electricity suppliers:
- Current supplier.
- Tariff name.
- Payment method.
- Unit rate.
- Standing charge (per day).
- Online discount.
- Dual fuel discount.
- Annual consumption.
- Exit fees (if you leave your tariff early).
- Quote reference number.
Step two: shop around
Now that you have all your information to hand, you are ready to compare prices. The cheapest and quickest way is to use a price comparison service. Here are some we recommend:
Compare The Market - www.comparethemarket.com/energy
USwitch - www.uswitch.com - 0800 0515493
Step three: take control
Once you have compared prices, you can switch supplier through the price comparison service and start saving on your bills. To make this process as quick and easy as possible, make sure that all outstanding payments to your current supplier are cleared. If you are having problems clearing outstanding payments, please contact us.