Tips for elderly to cut their energy bills this winter

Tips for elderly to cut their energy bills this winterFor an elderly person still living in their own home, gas and electricity costs are extremely important so it is imperative that we ensure our elderly neighbours, relatives or friends are paying as little as possible to heat and light their homes.

The Government offers a winter fuel allowance to anybody over the age of 60 of between £100 and £300 tax free to help with the cost of energy bills during the winter months. You can check if you or an elderly relative/neighbour/friend qualifies by visiting www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment/overview.

www.savemoneycutcarbon.com, which works with businesses and consumers to help them reduce consumption of energy and water, also has some great energy saving tips, which we’re sharing with you…

Install LED lighting 

Replacing inefficient traditional lighting with LED lights is a great way to save money. You can find LED replacements for almost all fittings and the light emitting diode technology delivers up to 90% savings on lighting bills. The initial cost to replace the lighting is repaid quickly through what you save on energy and you’ll go on to save more and more every year as LED lights will last more than a decade.

Switch to eco showerheads and taps 

We are all guilty of using too much water so switching to eco showerheads and taps is a great way to save money on your water bills. Eco showerheads mix air with water flow and cuts water consumption by more than 50%. You can achieve similar savings with eco taps. Howerver, if you want to keep your current taps, simple but brilliant tap aerators will help to reduce water use by more than 50%.

Draught proof and insulate the home 

Sealing out the wind around doors and windows could chop anything up to £50 a year from the heating bill. Less cold air coming in should also allow you to turn down the thermostat for further savings.

Insulating loft space is also a cheap and effective way to cut costs and you get your money back though energy savings in about two years.

It’s likely you will be able to install cavity wall insulation if your or your elderly neighbour/friend/relative’s home is less than 90-years-old. Cavity insulation sits in the space between two layers of bricks and has a payback on investment of around £500 in less than four years.

Service or replace your boiler

A condensing boiler in place of an old model should cut gas bills by around £310 a year, which means that the investment is recouped in roughly six years.

Turn the thermostat down by one degree

By checking the timer programming and your radiator settings and turning down the thermostat by a degree, you can save around £75 off the annual heating costs.

Choose A-Rated appliances 

You can cut between £40 – £100 a year off electricity bills by having the latest energy-saving appliances as they are much more efficient than those of even five years ago.

Buy smart power strips

These switch off power to devices in a sequence – so if you turn off your PC/laptop, linked devices like the monitor, printer and scanner also power down. It’s the same for your TV, cable/satellite box, video game console and DVD player.

Switch energy supplier

Switching energy supplier is one of the best ways you can save money on energy bills. If you can, go for one of the competitive green energy suppliers.