Since lockdown we have all been at home much more. The more we are inside, the more energy we use running our homes – resulting in higher utility bills. The trend is set to continue, especially as winter approaches.

According to recent data, the average gas and electric bill has risen by nearly 40% and these high costs could be set to continue.

Here are some things you can do to keep your utility bills down now and in the future.

Nice day? Keep your blinds and curtains open

An easy change which we often overlook is to make the most of the sun’s heat and let natural light into your home. Not only will it reduce the need for electric lighting, you’ll be surprised how much the sun will keep your home warm even if it’s cold outside. This could save around 60% on your bills compared to lighting and heating your home on a good day.

Check light bulbs

By replacing standard lightbulbs with energy efficient alternatives you could save up to 75% on your energy bill. They use a fraction of the energy compared to normal light bulbs.

Turn off radiators

If you have occasionally used or unused rooms in your house such as a guest bedroom, formal dining room or snug, consider turning off the radiators in those rooms and close the doors. This will cut down your bills by around 30%.

Don’t block the radiator

We often push furniture against radiators but by having something like a sofa pressing up against it, the heat goes into the furniture and not the room. You need a space or around six inches between the radiator and anything close to it so that the heat can circulate. This can save around 10% on your energy bill.

Move seating away from external walls

If you are sitting near an external wall you are more likely to feel the cold in your home and put up the heating. Try and arrange furniture against internal walls and

Conservatory?

The problem with a conservatory is that it can be too cold in the winter and very hot in the summer – if this room isn’t being used make sure that you keep the doors closed when it’s cold outside and if you do have a particularly sunny day in the autumn or spring when you would use the heating, open the adjoining doors. It’s also advisable in winter to put a curtain between the two rooms and you could look at installing a roof to regulate the temperature.

Shop around

Make sure you aren’t paying too much for your utilities and if you use the same company for both gas and electricity you could take advantage of a discount. Look online to compare the different providers and make sure you are on the best rate.

Buy New!

Finally, buy a new, efficient home that is guaranteed to keep your utility bills at a minimum. All newly built homes are highly energy efficient and will save you a huge amount on your bills compared to an older property.