5 Ways to Reduce Stress for a Cozy & Comfortable Home

Bills, bills, bills. They’re the source of stress for so many!

With energy tariffs rising…then falling…then rising all over again; is it any wonder that UK householders are left struggling to fathom out their finances every month? 

So, here at Energy Advice Helpline – we’ve put our heads together and come up with 5 tips that could help you save money and lower your stress levels without sacrificing any of your well-earned home comforts…

Shop around for a cheaper energy supplier 

So many householders stick with the same energy company for years. But when it comes to gas and electricity…loyalty doesn’t always pay!

Use comparison websites such as MoneySuperMarket, Comparethemarket, and Uswitch to see if you’re paying over the odds for your energy supplies.

By comparing prices, you could find yourself a better energy deal, save money and lower your stress levels each month!

Insulate your home 

Improving the insulation of your home doesn’t mean just keeping yourself warm in winter!

As summer temperatures go up, you can keep your cool knowing that the costs of heating and air conditioning your property won’t be rising too!

Take a look at our handy guide to see which specific areas we recommend you insulate to keep your home more energy efficient and comfortable all year round!

Check out government schemes 

The UK Government and energy companies have united to provide a number of energy efficiency schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4), the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and the Great British Insulation Scheme.

All of these are designed to improve energy efficiency; helping you save money on your energy bills and lower your carbon footprint – without having to pay for any of the upfront equipment installation costs yourself!

You do need to meet specific means-tested criteria in order to qualify – but don’t be disheartened if you don’t; you may have other options!

Try exploring your own local authority’s website for more flexible, alternative schemes that you could qualify for, such as ECO4 Flex and Great British Insulation Scheme Flex.

These programs also allow householders to install energy efficient measures such as solar panels, air source heat pumps, upgraded gas boilers and insulation into their homes. All at subsidised costs.

Use energy-efficient appliances 

Do you have some appliances that need replacing? Before you buy, we recommend you do some energy efficiency research first.

By checking the product’s Energy Rating Label, you could reduce your energy consumption, your carbon emissions…and your electricity bills!

Usually shown on front of the appliance and its packaging, the label rates the product on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Please note that appliances are categorised by size. This means that different sized appliances with the same energy rating could still have different running costs.

So, make sure to look for the best rating for the size of appliance you need! 

Don’t waste water 

Why is it that the only water that seems to come for free these days…is rain?!!

 It’s easy to forget that every time we turn on a tap… it can be money down the drain!

So, here are a few simple tips to consider that could help you save on your water bills without impacting your lifestyle.

Did you know that turning off the tap while you brush your teeth could save approximately 6 litres of water per minute? And shortening your shower by just one minute can save 8 litres?

These are important things to think about…especially if you have a water meter. But with tips like these, you can still keep yourself clean…and improve your carbon footprint and bank account hygiene! 

Stress Less with Energy Advice Helpline

For more helpful tips and advice on how to create cosy, energy efficient homes for you and your family – check out our website.

Energy Advice Helpline – helping you to reduce carbon emissions and live a more stress-free and cost effective way of life!

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