Energy bills have reached a record high of nearly £1300 for the average household. You can ease the pain of rising energy costs by using some of the clever gadgets you will find below.
Increase Your Boiler’s Performance
Annual Saving: £100
A small valve fitted to a water pipe connected to the boiler works by not allowing water through until it is hot enough. The manufacturer claims it can save 32,000 litres of water being unnecessarily piped through your heating system every year, bringing savings on heating and the cost of water for those on a meter. This is a cost-effective way of making the most of an existing boiler. Replacing an old boiler with a modern eco-friendly condensing boiler can save £310 a year – but it could cost about £2000 to install.
Monitor Energy Consumed
Annual Saving: £200
This small battery operated device lets you see your power use around the home instantly and shows which appliances are costing you the most. The screen displays how much energy is being used at any one time. Rather than directly saving you money, it highlights spikes of energy use. You can then control your usage of electricity far more definitively, thus bringing down costs.
Brighter ‘Green’ Lights
Annual Saving: £55
The eco-friendly light bulbs you can buy on the high street often offer a gloomy glow and they take time to warm up. However there are bulbs available which suppliers claim use 75% less energy than a traditional 60 watt bulb, provide the same light and last up to 10,000 hours. Each bulb will save you £3 a year and so a whole house fitted with these bulbs will result in a saving of £55.
Switch Off Appliances
Annual Saving: £40
A remote control handset and three radio controlled sockets allow you to switch off appliances when not in use. Electrical appliances kept on standby can consume up to 85 % of the electricity they would do if they were simply left on. The device is ideal for switching off gadgets such as televisions, DVD players, games consoles and hi-fis.
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