1. Check your tariff

Guernsey Electricity offers a number of different electricity tariffs, which are designed to fit the needs of different customers.

Take our Super Economy 12 tariff for example. It’s divided into two rates. The lower rate is made available to customers for a 12-hour period each day. The 12 low hour hours of low rate is made up of a 10-hour period overnight and a 2-hour period during the day. The normal rate applies for the remaining 12 hours.

So, if you can you may want to consider using your appliances – such as washing machines or dish wishers – during times of your lower rate. For more information on Guernsey Electricity tariffs you can call 01481 200700, email us at customer.accounts@electricity.gg or click here.

 

2.Turn down the thermostat

Okay, it may not necessarily make you the most popular person in your house. But, did you know that turning down your heating by just one degree could take up to 10% off your bill? Installing certain heating controls could also help look after the pennies.

When properly controlled, electric heating and hot water cylinders work more economically. Thermostats and programmers stop the devices using electricity unnecessarily and can help in the use of electricity low rate times.

 

3. Have a (quick) shower

You may love a long, hot soak in the bath – especially when it’s cold outside. However, a shower can be faster and cheaper – and that’s good for your pocket. And it’s estimated that just one minute less in the shower every day could save up to £7 off your annual energy bills per person.

 

4. How efficient are your energy appliances?

Newer appliances such as cookers, fridges, freezers and washing machines are more energy efficient than they used to be therefore, they use less energy. You may not see an immediate saving, but you will benefit longer term.

 

5. Fix leaking taps

Avoid literally dropping money down the drain by checking any leaky taps. A dripping hot water tap can waste more than 5,000 litres of water a year.

 

6. Making an efficient brew

Get your winter-warmer cuppa quicker as well, by only filling up the kettle with as much as water as you need. This simple tip means you’ll use less energy as well.

 

7. Standby switch off

Sometimes there’s nothing better when it’s cold and dark outside than cosying up on the sofa and watching your favourite soap or movie. However, you could save money by one simple thing. According to the UK’s Energy Saving Trust, homeowners can save around £30 a year by turning appliances off standby mode.

Before turning appliances off at the plug, check the instructions if you’re not sure. Some digital TV and satellite recorders may need to remain plugged in to track programmes that you want to record for example.

 

More useful links

More energy saving tips for your home from Guernsey Electricity

How long will food last in my fridge or freezer if there’s a power cut?

Information on electricity tariffs