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For the last few years many homeowners have seen an unfortunate increase in energy prices with many people resorting to comparing energy providers and switching companies to find the best deal. Many energy companies will offer introductory fixed rate tariffs, but this only lasts on average twelve months before it reverts back to their standard rate tariff making it difficult to maintain the same affordable rate. If you have both gas and electricity you could save money by choosing the same provider who often offer a combined discount for duel fuel usage, but it can still prove very expensive to keep up with monthly or quarterly bills. Unfortunately for many people, it can be hard to maintain regular energy bills as well as mortgage repayments and other financial responsibilities of up keeping a property, with many people resorting to a quick house sale in order to prevent the risk of repossession. Luckily however, there are ways to cut your usage and save money on your gas bill.

One of the simple ways to cut down on your heating bills is to reduce the amount of time your heating is on around the home, or at least turn those heaters down. Just by putting on a few layers of clothing and turning your thermostat down by even 1 degree can save up to £40 a year! Also don’t forget to set your timer right. A well-insulated property will usually retain heat for an hour or so after the heating has gone off meaning that there’s no need to have it on right up until leaving the house for work or going to bed, as your home will remain at a comfortable temperature for a short while.

It is also worth remembering that it is much more efficient to have your heating on a low temperature for longer than short bursts at a high temperature. So if you’ve just walked in from the cold, put on an extra jumper and be patient!

As well as heating, hot water is one of the biggest sources of energy wastage in the home. There is no need for water to scald you, apart from being dangerous it is simply wasting gas heating up water to a point which it is impractical anyway, so turn down your water temperature as that can make a huge difference over the course of a year too.

Getting your boiler serviced or even replacing an old one can also make it much more efficient and doing it earlier can hopefully prevent any problems occurring before they do. You can also look for specific energy efficient boilers with energy performance ratings of A, making them highly efficient saving you money as well as being attractive to a potential buyer in the future should you want to sell house quickly. And lastly ensure your home is well insulated, particularly in the loft area due to heat rising. It may seem like an expensive outlay, but you will save a fortune on your energy bills in the long run.

by Cormac Henderson

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