As energy costs continue to soar, it’s completely natural to worry about how your retirement budget might be affected. However, it’s not time to give up on that dream retirement just yet. There are plenty of small tweaks that you can make at home to ensure you don’t stretch your retirement savings thin.
Want to make a significant dent into your mounting energy bills? Here are some of the best ways you can save on energy bills from your retirement apartment:
Energy saving tips for home:
- Swap your bath for a shower
- Draught-proof your home
- Track how much energy you’re using
- Switch off lights and appliances as soon as you stop using them
- Make smarter use of your washing machine
- Keep your curtains closed at night
- Retire in a Churchill apartment
Swap your bath for a shower
Everyone should be able to enjoy the luxury of a nice bubble bath from time to time. But taking short showers might make more sense if you are keeping a close eye on your energy bills. Showers use a lot less water than a bath, especially if you opt for an eco-friendly shower head! If you choose to swap one bath for a 4 minute shower every week, you could save up to £35 pounds!
Draught-proof your home
As we draw closer to the cooler months, it’s more tempting than ever to put your central hating on. But if you take the right precautions, you can enjoy a warm home without having to spend big on your heating. Invest in some draught-excluders, close your doors, seal up any cracks you have in the walls or floors, and you can make sure you never get caught by the cold this winter. With Churchill, you can stay snug and cozy from the comfort of our energy-efficient apartments!
Track how much energy you’re using
It’s tough to keep a lid on how much energy you’re using without being able to measure it. But you can get around this problem by installing a handy smart meter! This will help you keep an eye on your energy consumption, and can help you decide if you need to stamp out any bad energy-draining habits. A smart meter will also enable you to turn the heating on from your phone, so you can make your home warm and toasty at just the right times!
Make fewer visits to your washing machine
Using your washing machine multiple times a week will consume a lot of energy. Still, there are clever ways that you can make your washing machine use less power, and save yourself up to £35 a year! As well as turning the heat down to a respectful 30-degree cycle, you can reduce your laundry to one big load of clothes per week! If you want to save more money - albeit with more hard work on your part - you could ditch the washing machine entirely and hand wash your clothes in a bowl of hot water.
Switch off lights as soon as you stop using them
All of us are guilty of it. After drifting from one room to another, or flicking your reading light on for the night, it’s very easy to forget that you’ve left a light on after using it. But cutting out this small mistake could save you around £25 a year on your annual energy bills. The same goes for turning off appliances that you aren’t using, which could save you up to £55 a year!
Keep your curtains closed at night
To keep your home warm without overdoing it with your central heating, make the most of sunlight when you can get it. Keep your curtains open during the day to absorb the natural heat of the sun, but keep them closed at night to stop the heat from escaping!
Retire in a Churchill apartment
If you want to save money on your energy bills, Churchill Retirement’s apartments have to be at the top of your list. Every Churchill development comes with renewable energy or heating systems, helping to give you heat and hot water, while saving you money on energy bills! Find an apartment now to start enjoying the benefits of our energy-efficient apartments.