Advice: How to save money on electricity bills

If you are considering ways to save money on electricity bills, trusted electrical contractors like All Phase provide advice, repairs and energy-efficient installations to help you stay on top of your electricity bills.

The cost of running homes and businesses has increased significantly over the last 12 months, which has put additional financial pressures on households and companies across the country.

Despite the government’s energy cap, the cost of average electric bills will remain higher than in previous years, which could mean that seeking advice from a professional electrician could be an excellent way for you to reduce your long-term outgoings.

To help you decide whether getting a quote from an electrician is the right option for you, All Phase has put together a useful guide to explain how we could help your home or business become more energy efficient.

Book an EICR Test is an Electrical Installation Condition Report

Before you can start saving money on your utility bills, it’s best to look at the energy efficiency of your home or business to determine what uses the most electricity and whether any issues are causing you to overpay.

Hiring an electrical contractor like All Phase to conduct an EICR Test (Electrical Installation Condition Report) will ensure you get to the route of any problems causing your bills to cost more than they should.

You’ll receive peace of mind that your property is running as efficiently as possible and identify any hidden problems that could cost more to fix if left unaddressed. This option benefits older properties that have not had their electrics tested over the past five to ten years, new homeowners, and landlords with tenants in place.

What uses the most electricity in a home?

Breaking down the percentage of typical energy bills, the Energy Saving Trust has ranked the following five appliances as the top energy guzzlers in domestic households.

Washing machines and tumble dryers (14%), fridges and freezers (13%), consumer electronics – think laptops and TVs – (6%), lighting (5%), and cooking/kitchen appliances (4%).

Asking your local electrician for recommendations or advice on energy-saving appliances will likely save you money over the long term. Old washing machines, refrigerators, showers and dishwashers have energy-saving models on the market. Seeking advice on the best options compared to your existing appliances is a great way to save money and make your home as environmentally friendly as possible.

Book a PAT Test to identify faulty appliances

Identify the appliances costing you more money to run than they should by hiring a local electrician to carry out a PAT Test to identify faulty appliances.

Alongside potentially being dangerous, a faulty appliance could be costing you more money than you expect.

For example, fridge freezers can last up to 17 years and are switched on 24/7. If you have an older appliance or the seal is broken or damaged, your operational costs are likely more than they should be compared to a newer, more energy-efficient model.

If you have concerns, contact All Phase today to book a PAT test to identify appliances that should be replaced and to discuss more energy-efficient options.

Replacing bulbs for energy-saving alternatives

Replacing older incandescent bulbs with energy-saving alternatives is a great and simple way to save money on electric bills.

A recent report suggested that almost 90% of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs is turned into heat rather than light, making them incredibly inefficient.

LED lights are long-lasting alternatives superior in generating light instead of heat, making them a money-saving choice and a simple switch (no pun intended).

In many cases, individuals can simply replace bulbs themselves. However, suppose you live in an older property or have not had your electrics checked in the last five to ten years. In that case, it’s best to arrange an appointment with your local electrician, who can give you professional advice.

Fitting a dimmer switch could also help you reduce your electricity bill, and LED lights work particularly well on dimmer switches. In addition, you’ll be able to reduce consumption and extend the lifespan of your bulbs by hiring a trusted electrician like All Phase to carry out the work on your property.

Simple tricks to save money on electricity bills

Throughout this article, All Phase has outlined ways professional, local electricians can help identify and fix underlying issues causing your bills to rise.

If you are wondering how to save money on electricity bills in your home without hiring a professional, one of the best ways is to identify your consumption habits and make simple changes which will add up over time.

Consider installing a smart meter in your house to help you manage your usage and switch off devices instead of leaving them on standby. Also, don’t leave phone or laptop chargers plugged in when they’re not in use. These simple tricks will help you to save money on your electric bills over time.

Are you looking for an electrician in Brighton and Hove?

If you are searching for a trusted electrician in Brighton and Hove (or surrounding areas including Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London), All Phase provides a full range of services for domestic and commercial premises.

From advice, installation, services and repairs, our team of friendly local electricians deliver are fully equipped to help you to find the best and most energy-efficient solutions for your project.

Contact All Phase today to find out more and to arrange a no-obligation consultation.