One of the great benefits of going solar is the huge savings that you can make on your energy bills! Savings from going solar also link with savings on your own personal carbon footprint. In this blog, we detail some of the great ways that you can make thrifty savings on your bills which also benefit the environment!
About the author:
Hi, I’m Lily, the Marketing Officer at Solar Plants. I hope you find this blog interesting and it inspires you to make some environmentally friendly changes within your home and that you can save some extra money on your energy bills whilst doing so! Since joining Solar Plants nearly 3 years ago, I have become a huge advocate for being green and doing my bit for the planet – no matter how big or small, because one small action made by every single person will result in a huge difference worldwide!
Monitor your electricity
An energy monitor allows you to see how much energy you are using in your home, showing how different appliances are affecting your consumption. You can pick up energy monitors cheaply and place them discreetly in your home. Although they do not save you money directly – they will give you an idea of where you could make savings and impact how you may alter your energy usage.
Turn off appliances when they are not needed
Make sure you take devices off charge once the battery is full and turn off bigger appliances such as televisions at the plug, rather than just leaving them on standby. This helpful article shows the devices quietly running up your energy bills.
Generate your own electricity and become energy independent
Solar panels will save you up to 75% on your energy bills, but there are also many other reasons why over 1 million UK homeowners have made the switch to solar. The Office of National Statistics shows that over the past 15 years, since Facebook was launched back in 2003, energy prices have increased by 280% and wholesale prices have increased by 50% in the past 12 months alone! As these energy price hikes continue to dominate monthly headline news, you can protect yourself from these hikes by generating your own electricity, giving you energy independence. Solar PV also increases the value of your home and excess energy can be stored for evening use or used to charge an electric car for free!
Use the Money Saving Expert’s website for helpful advice
Martin Lewis is often seen on the TV giving advice to the British public about a range of things including comparisons of different energy providers, coupons and vouchers, ways to reduce your bills and much more! The website has some fantastic articles and blogs aiming to save you as much money as possible.
Switch to LED lightbulbs
According to Which?, an LED light bulb costs around £1.56 to run per year. Over its lifetime, it could cut around £200 from your energy bills, compared with an old-style bulb. LEDs are the most energy-efficient light bulbs and use almost 90% less energy than traditional incandescents.
Reduce heat loss from your home
According to the Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills.