Tips for Saving Money on Bills this Winter

Well, it’s official, summer is well and truly over. It’s sad to say, but with us in October, now depressingly, the cold days are ahead of us. Which means, crank up the heating and get out your winter wardrobe because we’re in for a cold one. With the beast from the east hitting us earlier this year, we’re predicted to be in for another cold winter this year.

So, what to do when you’ve just moved into your new home… You may not be sure how much it’s going to cost to heat your home this winter, as this may be your first winter in your new property. Well, that’s where we come in. Zing have got a list of ways to save money on bills this winter!

Here are our top tips.

1. Wrap Up!

Whilst it may seem like an obvious option, making sure you’re wearing lots of layers can help you save money on heating. The more you’re wearing the less the cold will affect you, so wrap up warm this winter! Wear thick socks, slippers and plenty of layers. It can be the difference between spending a lot on bills and spending a little.

2. Switch Bulbs

Winter means shorter days and longer evenings and nights. Which means you’re going to be turning on the lights a lot more than you were in summer. One of the biggest drains on your electricity bill can be lights, which is why you should switch out your old bulbs for energy saving ones. Energy efficient LED bulbs throughout your home can help you save a lot on your monthly bills, so make sure you’re changing your old bulbs!

3. Check your Meter

It’s easy for us to receive a bill in the post and never question it. But, sometimes you should. It’s all well and good believing that you’ve spent that much, but sometimes the energy companies get it wrong. So, checking your meter every month means you can see how much energy you’re actually using. You are well within your right to question a bill if you think it’s higher than usual – but, bear in mind that bills are usually higher in winter because more energy is consumed. However, if it seems abnormally high, then bring your meter readings to your energy provider’s attention. Make sure you’re only paying for what you’re using.

4. Turn it Down and Off

Having your heating cranked up all the way is, of course, going to cost you a lot more. So, turning your heating down (or off) when you’re not in the home is a great way to help you save. ‘Low and slow’ isn’t always the best option for heating, as heating can escape your home throughout the day, causing you to use more energy. Setting your heating to a timer can be a great way to help save you some cash on your heating bills.

5. Invest in Insulation

Is your home insulated and is as energy efficient as possible? If not, why not? Investing in insulation foam in your home can be a great way to improve energy efficiency. Foam acts as a sort of barrier, containing heat and preventing it from escaping your home. It will help keep the heat in so you’re not heating your home fully every time you turn the heating on.

6. Switch Providers

Finding yourself a new energy provider can help you save money on your bills. It’s all about doing a little research and finding yourself a better deal. Switching providers could help you save £100s on your bills every year, so finding the best deal for your new home plays into keeping those energy costs down.

That’s it from the Zing team! Heating your home in winter doesn’t have to be an expensive hassle, follow our tips to help save you money this winter!

Until next time – Zing.

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