Moving houses is time consuming, but also costs money. New home owners often have a mortgage and any saving is welcome. Every year, we spend several hundred pounds on energy bills. So here are some tips to save money on your new property’s energy bill.
Your energy contract
When moving into a new property, you have to take out an energy contract. An energy contract is specific to the needs of a property which is why you cannot keep your previous one. If you would like to save on your energy bills, start with taking out the right contract.
Which supplier should you choose : bulb, Outfox the Market, Octopus… ?
When choosing your energy supplier, you should take into consideration several elements :
- your needs ;
- the type of energy ;
- the prices ;
- the supplier reputation.
It is important to find the right balance between affordability and service quality. If you want your consumption to be greener, choose a supplier known for its green energy like Bulb, you can find more information about this supplier here. If you are looking for impeccable service, Octopus is known for its good customer service, whereas Outfox the Market is known for its affordability. Choose your energy supplier depending on what is more important to you.
Setting up gas and electricity in your new property
We have all heard about relatives who ended up with no energy when moving houses. It is a recurrent problem, yet easily preventable. Depending on the type of property, the administrative procedures are not the same.
If you built your house yourself, or if it is newly built, you have to make sure it is connected to the network and that a meter has been installed. To do so, you have to contact the DNOs (Distribution Network Operators) and the supplier. There are many more steps afterwards for setting up gas and electricity in your new property, do not forget to check that you did everything right.
How to minimise your energy consumption
One way of saving money on your new property’s energy bill is to minimize your energy consumption.
Appliances and energy saving
One appliance does not consume much, however when you think about the energy consumption of all your appliances, it is not the same. To minimize their consumption, think about unplugging them when you are done using them. As long as an appliance is plugged, even if it is turned off, it continues to consume energy. It is an useless consumption that you pay for and that is easily avoidable. Learn more about this here.
Heating and energy consumption
Heating systems represent the major part of your energy consumption, thus of your energy bills. Lowering the thermostat by one degree would allow you to save up to 7%. Try to keep your thermostat around the recommended temperatures. Many overheat their home. You can lower the thermostat when you leave your house during the day.
Choose efficient appliances
Appliances do not all have the same energy efficiency. The older the equipment, the less efficient. Moving into a new property is a good time to buy new appliances like a new refrigerator or washing machine. New appliances are made to consume less energy. Good maintenance will also allow you to maintain their performances for a longer period of time.
There are many ways of minimising your energy consumption. Do not hesitate to educate yourself on these matters.