Using energy in our daily lives comes second nature to us. We rarely stop to think about how or why we use it. As the days get gradually colder our energy bills seem to increase dramatically. Cutting down on your energy usage will not only help you save, but will also benefit the environment. Here are some helpful tips on cutting back on your energy bill:

 1. Keep showers to 10 minutes

If that’s too hard to stick to, why not invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.

2. Unplug your appliances

By fully switching off the TV, straighteners or broadband over extended periods of time you’ll be able to save a small fortune.

3. Say no to “guesstimations” 

You’d never let the cashier at Lidl guess how much your shopping is going to cost, so don’t let the energy companies guess. It will take less than five minutes of your time to check the readings of your gas and electricity meters, and send them a monthly reading so you can be sure that you’re only paying for what you actually use.

4. Use the kettle instead of the stove

When cooking pasta or rice, use the kettle instead of the stove. it’s faster and uses less energy.

5. Use the library 

Use the library to charge your laptop, phone and any other devices you are using.

6. Use a dishwasher 

Instead of hand washing, use the dishwasher. It can be more energy efficient, especially if you only run it when it’s fully loaded.

7. Keep radiators clear

Avoid putting anything in front of your radiators as they will absorb alot of the heat and prevent warming up the rest of the house.

8. Only boil the kettle with the water you need

Tea and coffee are student staples. Only heat the water you’ll actually need, to save you time and energy.

9. Use energy-saving lightbulbs

Energy-saving lightbulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.

10.Ditch the tumble dryer

It’s one of the most energy-consuming appliances when it comes to washing and cleaning.

Use HOMEZE to browse student energy offers specifically available at your property from all of Ireland’s service suppliers.