The cost of utilities is large part of every households monthly outgoings, utility costs include electric, water, gas, phone and broadband bills as well as the monthly costs of your television packages. Reducing these bills can help you save serious amounts of monthly outgoings and give you extra money in your pocket.
Average Utility Cost For UK Household
The cost of utilities varies from household to household and is often greater in larger houses or homes with multiple occupants.
Average gas and electricity bills
- Many UK homes have a duel energy supplier with one company offering both gas and electric for the home with a discount, according to Ofgem the average cost of electric and gas is £1,254 per year
Monthly Water Bills
- The average monthly cost for water is £35 a month, this can increase greatly if you often have baths opposed to showers as you will be using much more water, showers can also be considered more environmentally friendly as well and help you reduce your monthly energy bills costing less to heat the water that you use.
Broadband and phone bills cost per month
- This is on average is around £30 per month, but many people combine there broadband, phone bill and TV into one combined package paying more for more entertainment channels or faster speed broadband. Many people nowadays have a mobile phone as there primary phone that costs around £45 a month on average, this often includes the purchase of the mobile phone which is sold to you as part of the contract on a finance deal, buying the phone outright will reduce the cost each month, also going for last years model will also greatly reduce the cost each month.
We all want to live comfortably but these days, that comes at a price. It will be challenging since money is a big issue but there are ways to save money even on utilities.
When we think of utilities, we are referring to things like electricity, water, gas and the phone. Will switching or canceling be the only answer? The answer is no because you can’t switch sometimes and there are no deals available offering lower rates than you are currently paying.
First, conserve energy by making sure appliances and lights are turned off when there is no one in the room. You might think putting the television on sleep mode is good enough but it isn’t so turn off the power switch or better yet, unplug it.
Next, replace your light bulbs with those fluorescent. It does not consume that much power and when you go out shopping for them, make sure that they maintain a Kelvin temperature of 2,600 to 3,000. These may be more expensive than incandescent but they will last ten times longer so it will be quite awhile before you change this with a new one.
Do you use a water heater at home? If you do, then you know quite well that it takes time before hot water comes out of the faucet. Until that happens, you waste water so if you want to speed up the heating process, better reinsulated the pipes that are connected to the heater.
If you have a heater at home, better have it turned every couple of years. This could save you 10% on your electricity bills.
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, you save about 5% of your electricity bill if you lower your heat down one notch. You can do this manually or install a machine that is designed to do that so choose which one you want to do.
Should you feel cold, perhaps something is coming inside the house like a draft. To take care of that, you need to buy and install weather strips around the frames of your windows and doors.
Make sure you do your laundry on a full load. This also applies if you have a dishwasher.
Do you sometimes forget to turn the lights off when you leave the house in the morning? Well that should not be a problem anymore if this is wired to a timer.
When you brush your teeth or take a shower, turn off the water when you are not washing in it, maybe you should replace the shower head with one that does not use as much water per minute.
Lastly, get rid of those leaks. If you live in an old home, chances are the pipes are old so have this replaced by the plumber.
There are many ways to save money on utilities so you should consider those that were mentioned and get to work. If you are able to do so, you will see a significant drop in the amount you pay for all your bills.
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