How to Save on Your Bills This Winter

It has been announced today that people in England and Wales will have no choice but to pay an increase of 5.7% on their annual water bills. We look at the different ways of how people could compensate that increase by making savings from their electricity bill during chilliest months of the year.

Consumers in the UK will pay more for their water bills during 2012/13, meaning an average annual bill of £376 throughout the UK, an increase of £20 per household, the water regulator Ofwat has announced.

People don’t have much choice but to pay the increase. However, as the weather turns chillier, people can consider different ways that could make savings of their electricity bill.

As the weather gets chillier, it’s tempting to warm up a room with a heater, but with concerns over energy bills people are always better checking what would work best for their needs. Not all oil filled radiators or halogen heaters consume the same amount of electricity and produce the same amount of thermal heat.

We look at some of the most conventional types of heaters, explaining their pros and cons.

 

  • Convection heaters – best suited for heating enclosed spaces. They operate silently and have a lower fire risk hazard.
  • Fan heaters – a good choice for quick heating of enclosed spaces. However, there is a risk of ignition if they are near furnishings and curtains.
  • Electric fires (radiative heaters) – these directly warm people and objects in the room, so may be good for warming cold feet, but can be a fire hazard.
  • Halogen heaters – the advantage of these is that they radiate, the heat generated, which is absorbed directly by us, without heating the air first. This makes them suitable for warming people in poorly insulated rooms. Halogen heaters convert up to 86% of their input power to radiant energy.
  • Oil-filled heaters – these can take longer to heat up, but retain the heat better, similar to storage heaters, and provide heat from all sides.

 

Ross Lammas from SUST-IT, a leading website providing practical advice on energy efficiency, said: “The best way to keep your bills down is to keep heat in and drafts out by insulating; low cost solutions such as lined curtains, draft excluders and thermal blinds will help.”

 

Do you know any other methods you could save from your electricity bill? Do you think a good insulation could be a permanent solution for better savings?  Share your thoughts by commenting below: 

 

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Posted on February 1, 2012, in Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, Green Deal, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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