This guest post, is brought to you in collaboration with British Gas.
The summer months are an ideal time for you and your family to take a look at your energy consumption, to see where you can cut your usage to save yourselves some money.
With lighter evenings and warmer nights, you could easily save money by cutting back on your energy consumption. While having one of the British Gas combi boilers can help you to keep your gas usage under control, the lack of requirement of heating massively helps too. If you’re considering upgrading your existing boiler, now would be a great time to do it – it’s renowned that the majority of boiler breakdowns occur during October, when homeowners switch their boilers back on after the summer, so having a new one ready for the winter would be perfect. To make sure you choose the ideal type, answer the question ‘Is a combi boiler right for me?’ and make an informed choice between this and the conventional alternative.
During the summer months, you can massively cut back on your gas and electricity usage by using a little common sense. As the days are longer and the nights are lighter, chances of you needing anything other than natural light until later in the evening are slim to none, so keep your lights off. Keep curtains and blinds open so that the sunlight can seep into your rooms giving you plenty of daylight to illuminate your activities.
While the English weather can be a little unpredictable, all homes should be able to turn down their thermostat by at least 1 degree. If it is somewhat cool one evening, rather than reaching for the thermostat adjustment, grab a jumper or blanket to keep you nice and toasty.
The summer months are often accompanied with dry days – perfect drying weather for your laundry. Put up a clothes line or pop the airer outside and use the outdoors to dry your clothes rather than heading straight for the tumble dryer. Not only will you save on the energy you’d use to power the dryer, but your clothes will smell fresh and fabulous.
Simple things can mean huge changes in your utility bills – start implementing these changes, today.