pets energy

How your pet could be innocently adding hundreds to your home energy bill

...and what you can do to help bring it down!

Pets are undoubtedly an important part of the family. For many of us we love our pets as much as we love our friends and family and we make it a priority to care for them and keep them safe. However, what you might not realise is that over-caring for your pets could be adding extra costs to your home energy bill.

If you find your energy bills too expensive and you have a pet at home, these simple tips could help bring down your costs significantly.

Turn off the TV

Many pet owners leave the radio or TV on for their pets while they are out. Unless your pet gets anxious being left in a quiet house there’s really no need to create background noise for them which uses up your energy.

Be mindful of how you are using your heating

If you leave your heating on during the day to keep your pets warm, this will cause your energy usage to skyrocket. Pets have the ability to regulate their temperature to keep themselves warm so there’s no real need to have heating on 24/7 while you’re out (unless your pet is unwell or old). However, if you the thought of your fluffy friend being left alone with no heat makes you shiver, then perhaps look into getting a smart thermostat so that you can control the heating and time it to only come on every few hours while you are out to warm the house. You can also leave a blanket or warm padded bed for them to sleep on to keep them warm and off the cold floor or get them a warm dog or cat coat to wear.

Install a higher quality doggie door with good seals

You’d be surprised how much heat can escape through a not-so-air-tight doggie door. Spend a bit of extra money initially to get yourself a doggie door with really good seals to help save more in the long run. This will also help keep the cold air out!

Turn off the lights

Your pets don’t need to be kept in the light when you’re not at home. They are used to being exposed to periods of daylight and darkness so it won’t harm them to leave them at home without any lights on - to them this will simply mean sleep time.

Wash pet blankets, bedding and coats in cold water

Heating the water in a washing machine actually uses quite a bit of energy, so washing your pets blankets, bedding and coats in cold water will help reduce your energy bills.

Energy saving fish tank lighting

If you’re a fish lover you’ll most likely have a light in your fish tank. These lights can use up a lot of energy when left on for long periods of time so it is worthwhile seeing if you can get your hands on some energy-saving LED lights which will help bring down your consumption.

Switch energy providers

If you implement all of the above and still think you’re paying too much for energy it might be time to see if you can switch to a cheaper energy deal. If you haven’t switched in the last year then you’re likely paying over the odds for you energy. You can currently save up to €258 by switching your energy today.

Switch and save up to €331 on your energy bills

It only takes a few minutes to find a cheaper deal and start saving