It takes a family effort: Save money on your bills

Working together, it’s better for everybody. Better for the work place, the home and the future of our environment. Whatever you are trying to achieve, working as a team means that you can focus aims and hit targets – even when we’re talking about saving money on your energy bills.

While things like knowing what you need to search for when you try to compare electricity prices are crucial to getting the best deal, a big point to remember is how you can do things in the home to help. What we mean by this is opening both yourself, and the rest of the family, up to the world we live in and how our actions cause consequences – like huge energy bills!

Children are the future!

Yes, the overused cliché that annoys everybody – but, of course, it’s true. It’s not us that will be burdened with the over reliance on fossil fuels and how this has affected the world that we live in, it will be future generations. Not only that, but it’s not your kids who will be burdened because they leave the Xbox on – it’s you! Show them the way forward:

  • Turn off consoles – Everyone uses entertainment systems, from DVD players to steroes, computers to televisions and many of them are left on standby. A huge no-no. Get them in the routine of turning them fully off – even if they plan to use them again later in the day.
  • Lights out – The habit of walking around the house to turn every light of that’s not in use is a great one to implement. It gets it in the mind for the future and helps the bill!
  • Warmth – You know those times when you have to move your thermostat up and down so that you can get the home temperature you want? Well, don’t do that. It’s a horrible habit to get into, instead teach your children that you thermostat should be no higher than 68 degrees in cold weather and 78 through warmer times – and turn it even lower at night!
  • Ribbon testing – This is a great way of getting the kids involved in your tests across the house. Get them to put a ribbon next to windows and doors to see whether it gets wet or flutters.
  • Water – Another big point is water usage. Think how much it costs to heat the water, and consider how much more we use than actually use. Turn the tap off when brushing teeth and take shorter showers. Similarly, always be sure that there is no dripping water because reports have shown that as much as 450 gallons can be wasted on a monthly basis thanks to this problem.

How do you get the best deal now?

While these tips help to get your children in the right mind set for their lifetime, they don’t help you in the short-term. When you want to compare energy prices there are a few things to keep in mind. The tips above are your bread and butter, they help you to trim the costs but the real savings are made by knowing how to use the system.

It’s quite simple really, what you need to do is figure out how much energy you use on an average month. Once you know this then you know the tariff you are looking for. Combine your electricity and gas bills together, sign up for online billing and pay through a direct debit – you could see as much as £400 come off your bills.

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