It may be spring, but with the ‘Beast from the East’, ‘Pest from the West’ and icy conditions continuing into what are usually the warmer months, it’s more crucial than ever to educate yourself on how to lower your energy premiums.

That’s why we at have identified five effective ways of reducing your energy costs, to help you stay warm and connected, without a hefty amount of money leaving your bank account each month.

  1.         Block out drafts

There’s no point having your heating on if you’re letting a draft in; this lets the heat you are using simply escape the room and results in you using more energy in the long run. If you have cold windows, glass doors or a conservatory, invest in long, thick blinds or curtains to really conceal the heat, as glass lets the cold air from outside seep into your home. Also, ensure you keep all doors in your house closed, to hold in the heat instead of letting it escape.  

  1.         Unplug and shut down

You’d be surprised at how much energy you’re wasting by leaving an extension lead on all day, the TV on standby and your laptop on ‘sleep mode’. Switching off electrical appliances may seem like an obvious tip, so many people neglect actually turning these off.

The microwave, the kettle, the toaster, the washing machine and even your Wi-Fi box can raise the price of your energy considerably. So, if you know there’s going to be no one in, make a conscious effort to switch everything off that doesn’t need to be on.

  1.         Let the sun shine

Although it’s a rarity in England, the sun is a great, natural way to heat your home and prevent you putting the radiators on. Even on a cold day, the winter sun can add warmth to the rooms in your home, so open your blinds on a morning and let the sun creep in.

  1.         Gradually heat your house

Many residents only put their heating on when they’re cold, to prevent soaring energy bills. However, this actually bumps up the price of your bills, instead of reducing them. Why? Because if a house is cold and has been for a few days, it will take a lot longer for every room to warm up; using more energy. Whereas, if you keep your heating on a low setting constantly, it will take less time to heat up, preventing you from receiving any surprising bills at the end of the month.

  1.         Pay by direct debit

A lot of people don’t realise that paying their energy bill by direct debit is actually cheaper than paying it on receipt of the overall bill. A direct debit enables your energy company to know you are paying each month; it provides a guarantee to your energy supplier that you are going to pay on time, and requires much less hassle. So, set up a direct debit today, to prevent you paying more for lower energy bills.

For more handy home tips, visit our help and advice pages online to help you save money and to prepare in advance of costly bills. Or, if you’re looking for a new home insurance quote, compare deals online with us, today.

This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.