It’s very easy to rack up your electricity bills during the winter months. The days get darker and colder which means we tend to increase our energy consumption at home quite a lot by increasing the use of the central heating and lights. Below we’ve come up with our top tips to help you save money by reducing your energy consumption and thus lowering your electricity bills.
We know it’s a lot colder during winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to start increasing the use of your central heating. Before you up your heating, start wrapping up! Invest in a thicker duvet for the colder months, wrap up in blankets whilst you’re relaxing on the sofa or get a thick jumper or a dressing gown to wear whilst you’re at home to keep you warm.
Unplug Electrical Items
Unplugging your electrical items is something you should be doing all year round but we thought we’d still include it for those who don’t want to scrimp on the heating! If you’re not using an electrical item, unplug it; you’ll be surprised at how many items are still using electricity even when they’re not in use, especially items with a standby mode.
Get a Slow Cooker
Winter is all about warm comfort food like stew and soup. Ovens can really increase your energy consumption even when they’re just running for an hour. For a cheaper alternative, opt for a slow cooker. Not only are they extremely convenient for people that don’t have time to keep checking their cooking, they’re more energy efficient. An oven uses around 2-2.5 kWh when used for an hour whereas a slow cooker uses around 0.7 kWh over 8 hours.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can reduce your energy consumption or have any questions about electrical issues, get in touch with the First Strike Electrical team! Give us a call on 0203 633 4536 or fill out a contact form online and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.