Let’s face it, our homes are usually one of our biggest expenses. So, it’s always nice to save money when it comes to the house. With the cost of household bills continuing to rise and house prices increasing, more people are looking for ways to keep the costs or running their home down. If you’re one of those homeowners looking to save some money making amendments to your home, follow these simple tips:
Keep the House Insulated
Believe it or not, keeping your home well insulated can be one of the most effective things you do when it comes to keeping costs down in your home. A well-insulated home will retain more heat, meaning you don’t need to turn on the heating as often as usual, thus, you save energy and money. Much of a home’s heat is lost through the roof, so why not check how insulated yours is? The recommended amount is at least 25cm worth of insulation.
Reduce Electricity Use
The price of electricity and gas is forever soaring, so it makes sense to reduce your electricity use. Ways in which you can reduce electricity use around the home is to switch off appliances that are on standby, turn off lights or switch to energy efficient lightbulbs, and have your boiler on a timer so it’s not constantly using electric to heat up. You may also want to look into whether you can switch energy suppliers to one that’s more environmentally friendly while you’re at it.
Install a Ventilation System
When the air in your home can’t properly circulate, it can quickly lead to a build-up of moisture which can result in mould and condensation. If this isn’t treated as soon as it’s caught, it can spread quickly around the home – which will end up costing even more money in the long run. Not only is it unattractive to look at, but it can also be extremely harmful when inhaled. Installing a ventilations system would ensure the air is properly circulated around the home.
Compare Gas and Energy Suppliers
The rising price of electricity and gas for suppliers is being passed onto consumers. Just this year, British Gas released a statement announcing that customers should expect an increase of around £119 a year. There’s no harm in checkout out what else is on the market, compare gas and energy suppliers to see if you could find a cheaper deal. Then, if you can, you can report this back to your original supplier and they may even knock the price down for you to something even cheaper.
Check Your Council Tax
Alarmingly, up to 400,000 homes are in the wrong council tax band, this means you could be paying either more or less than intended. The chances are that even if you’re paying less than you should be, you’ll end up owing this in the future anyway. The process of checking is really simple, just head to your local council’s website for more information.