Save on your energy bill: cheap gas and electricity
The energy bill can cut down considerably and it is worth saving on this. This can be done by lowering the price for electricity and gas, by looking for the cheapest supplier and by taking advantage of attractive offers. You can also reduce the consumption of gas and electricity. This can be done by using energy-saving lamps, by properly insulating and ventilating your house and by consciously dealing with the heating of your home. The use of night power can also be cheaper.
The energy bill is a major expense in an average household: it easily consumes more than 5% of the total income and this can amount to well above 10%. Fortunately, it is a post on which you can also save considerably. You can roughly follow two strategies:
- Lower the price you pay for electricity and gas.
- Reduce electricity and gas consumption.
Both strategies can yield a lot of money and it only becomes really interesting when you bet on both strategies.
Pay less for electricity and gas
Since the privatization of the energy companies, a whole arsenal of providers has developed flow and gas developed, and new companies continue to emerge every now and then. All these companies try to cheat each other from customers. They do this by means of nice talk, low prices and great offers. You have to try to see through the nice talk: ultimately, energy companies want to make money. But the price of the different provider can differ considerably. These prices can be found at various energy companies. However, these comparison sites often get a commission when new customers sign up through their website. So they are not always as objective as they appear. It is therefore advisable to use different comparison sites or to compare the prices yourself on the websites of the different providers.
In addition to prices, you can also compare offers. This sometimes gives you an initial period free flow offered. Over a longer period, this may not yield very much (in the end you will of course pay for your free electricity yourself; this is included in the rate), but by changing supplier every 1, 2 or 3 years and using a offer, you can save and earn quite a bit of money.
Use less gas by turning down the heating
With every degree you get the heating lower, you save about 7% on your gas bill. If you set the heating 1 or 2 degrees lower than you would otherwise for a whole year, you will quickly save several hundred euros. Of course, you are not supposed to catch cold in your own home, but you can try to dress a little warmer so that the heating does less work. There is nothing wrong with putting on a sweater inside.
Saving energy by turning off radiators
In rooms where there is no one, the heating does not have to be on. You can arrange this by turning off the radiators in rooms where no one is present. If no one is at home during the day, the heating can of course be switched off completely, which is best done by turning the thermostat to a lower setting. It is even easier to buy a thermostat with a timer. You can program it in such a way that it switches on and off at the right times. That way you can not only ensure that the heating switches on half an hour or an hour before you get home, but also that the heating switches to night mode an hour before you go to bed. And that without having to think about it or take action.
Invest in energy savings: energy-saving lamps, insulation, ventilation
In order to save money, it is sometimes necessary to spend extra money. This also applies to saving energy. It is very cost effective to replace your old light bulbs with energy-saving lamps. You do not have to wait until the energy-saving lamps give up; just turn them off and see if you can still make someone happy with them. Energy-saving lamps are more expensive to buy than incandescent lamps, but they last much longer and use 5 or 6 times less for the same amount of light energy.
It isolate of your home is often more expensive than switching to energy-saving lamps, but it can be very profitable. Double glazing and proper roof insulation are expensive business, but pay for themselves over the years. In addition, your house will be worth more.
There are also some smaller operations in the field insulation that you may be able to perform yourself. For example, you can buy insulation foil that you can stick to the wall behind the radiators. As a result, much less heat disappears into the walls and you therefore make more efficient use of the available heat. You can also look for holes and cracks along windows and doors. With sealant and insulation strips you keep more heat in and your boiler does not have to work as hard.
In addition to insulation, ventilation is also important. By ventilating you keep the air in your home fresh and relatively dry. Moist air is much more difficult to heat up and also cools down faster. Therefore, always combine good insulation with good ventilation, otherwise your investments will yield less than is possible.
Using night power
Many households have two meters in front electricity: night power and day power, where night power is cheaper than day power. Appliances such as the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher use a lot of electricity and can be switched on very well at night. The nightly rate also applies at the weekend.
If you only have one meter for electricity, you can consider having it converted into a double meter. However, this costs money and you must be aware of it if you want to earn back this money within a considerable time. The night power may be cheaper; the daytime electricity is more expensive than the normal rate (ie the rate of people who only have one meter). So you have to be very conscious of your energy consumption in order to benefit from the differences between day and night electricity. If you don’t feel like worrying about this, it is probably wiser to stick to one meter.