How to save money on your electrical bill

Wednesday, 22nd May

Although energy prices in the UK have thankfully begun to level out in recent months, the last few years saw dramatic rises in electricity costs for homes and businesses across the country, straining household budgets and even toppling some enterprises.

Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to ease the burden a little. We’ve put together our top 11 tips for saving money on your electricity bill.

01 – Use Your Dishwasher Carefully

Consider how often you run your dishwasher. Using it when it’s not completely full or stacking items poorly so they end up needing a second wash can lead to raised energy costs over the course of a year.

Whether it’s at home or the office, make sure that you strategise your dishwasher loading to maximise space usage and cleaning. Also, if your dishwasher features an eco-setting, use it as often as possible, saving more intense modes for only the greasiest of washes.

02 – Low Consumption Appliances

While modern households and workplaces use several times the number of appliances compared with just a few decades ago, the overall electricity consumption of these appliances per household has barely increased. This is thanks to major advancements in energy efficiency.

Switching old devices for newer, more efficient ones can save you quite a chunk of your yearly bills. We’re not suggesting that you need to go out and replace all the appliances in your home at once, but the next time you consider a new TV, for example, pay attention to the energy rating.

03 – Turn Off Appliances on Standby

Leaving appliances on standby will reduce their energy consumption compared to being left on, but they’ll still be sucking energy for no reason. Make sure to turn off all appliances at the plug before leaving them for long periods of time.

At home, this could be a case of turning off devices before you go to bed or leave for the work in the morning and certainly before you leave to go on holiday. At work, you could make sure that all staff turn off their PCs, screens and any extras like printers before they leave for the day.

04 – Shorter Showers

Many homes and some workplaces are equipped with electric showers, which will consume electricity to heat and pump water, and the longer they run, they more they use.

You could try shortening your showers to reduce your electricity consumption and enjoy lower water usage while you’re at it. According to the Energy Saving Trust, keeping showers to less than four minutes can save an average household £95 per year.

05 – Limit Tumble Dryer Use

Tumble dryers are useful things, but they’re usually pretty energy hungry. Taking every opportunity to hang your washing outside rather than paying to dry it will save you a good chunk of money as well as leave your clothes smelling and feeling fresh.

06 – Keep Appliances Clean

This one goes for fridges, freezers, ovens, hobs kettles and any form of heating or cooling appliance. For example, if your electric hob is dirty, it will waste energy heating the dirt before it gets up to temperature and cleaning it will allow it to heat up faster, reducing run times and wastage.

A similar principle is true of your fridge and freezer, which extract warm air from inside and transfer it using elements at the back. If these elements become laden with dust and dirt, they can’t transfer heat as well, so they have to work harder to achieve the same results. By keeping your appliances clean, you can help them run more efficiently and save yourself some cash.

07 – Lighting

There are several steps you can take to reduce the cost your lighting bill. One of the first is switching filament bulbs for LED alternatives. These consume tiny amounts of electricity and last several times longer than traditional bulbs.

Additionally, make sure to turn off lights in rooms you’re not using. You can do this the old fashioned way by flicking the switch when you leave, or by installing smart light systems or motion sensors. Motion sensors are particularly useful for work environments, where people are constantly moving from room to room.

08 – Wash Colder

According to tests by ‘Which?’, running your washing machine at 30˚ C rather than 40˚ C can help you reduce washing costs by 38%.

This simple change won’t impact the cleanliness of your clothes but can make a big difference to your bill.

09 – Don’t Overfill the Kettle

This goes for homes and workplaces, where kettles are one of the most commonly used appliances. Only boil as much water as you’re going to use. By filling the kettle every time, you waste energy boiling water you’re not using.

Unless you’re making several cups of tea or coffee, or boiling water for cooking, you don’t need to fill the kettle all the way.

10 – Embrace Green Energy

Consider upgrading your home or workplace with systems such as solar panels to generate your own electricity. At ONCO SES, we can install solar panels as well as battery storage systems to allow you to store energy you generate for use later. Not only can this give you significant savings on your energy bills, but any surplus can even be sold back to the grid.

11 – Monitor Use

The final step you can take is to track your electricity usage to see what you’re using and where you stand the best chance of making savings.

This could be with the use of a smart meter or with independent calculator apps. This way, you’ll know whether your changes are having an effect and see first-hand how much you’re saving.

Contact ONCO SES to See How Much You Could Save

At ONCO SES, we can help you save money on your electricity bills at home and at work with solutions such as energy efficient appliances and smart lighting. All you need to do to get started is reach out to our friendly team who can talk you through your options and help you get a grip on your consumption.

Drop us a line by filling out our contact form, calling +44(0)7496010310 or emailing

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