Want to cut down on your utility bills? Try our top tips...
Most of us spend thousands each year on utilities, but these tips can help you cut this spend.
Utilities like gas, electricity, broadband, TV, home phone and bin charges make up a huge chunk of our household spending. So how can we cut down what we spend on these household essentials?
- Don’t ignore any of your bills
- Make sure you submit regular meter readings
- Bundle up your broadband, TV and phone
- Switch energy provider & save up to €258
- Switch your waste management provider or plan
- Cut down on your energy usage
- Review your TV plan and see if you can downgrade
1. Don’t ignore any of your bills
Last year, research carried out for Switcher.ie found that half of us trust our suppliers to get our bills right - but a quarter of people also said they were overcharged for household essentials, so checking bills is really important.
Understanding your bills will put you in a stronger position to take control of your usage and spend across all of the household essentials.
2. Make sure you submit regular meter readings
When you do start checking your bills, you may sometimes notice an ‘E’ on your energy bills, which means they have been based off an estimate, rather than an actual reading. This could mean you’re paying for more energy than you’ve used.
Submitting regular meter readings will help you to avoid any shocks at bill time, and will ensure you are always being charged for your actual usage.
3. Bundle up your broadband, TV and phone
If you have broadband, TV, and a home phone, see if you can save by buying two or more from the same provider.
Generally, providers will offer a discount if you bundle products, and you’ll also only have to deal with one provider - and one monthly bill - instead of several.
4. Switch energy provider & save up to €258
If you haven’t switched energy supplier in over 12 months, you’re likely on a standard tariff, which means switching could save you a packet.
The average dual fuel customer can currently save up to €258 by switching from standard tariffs to the cheapest deals on the market - and the savings are even higher for households with a higher energy usage.
5. Switch your waste management provider or plan
If you’re in an area with a couple of waste management companies servicing it, see if a different provider offers better rates than what you’re currently paying.
Depending on where you live, you may not have a choice of provider. However, you could still save money by switching plan. If you pay a flat monthly fee but don’t always need to leave the bin out, see if you could save by switching to a ‘pay-by-weight’ method.
Likewise, if you are paying by weight already and you tend to have full bins each week, see if an unlimited plan would work better for you.
6. Cut down on your energy usage
Aside from switching supplier, the biggest saving on your energy bills can be made by cutting down on your energy usage.
From energy-efficient cooking to saving energy when doing laundry, there are loads of tips in Switcher.ie’s guides to energy saving.
7. Review your TV plan and see if you can cut back
Recent research from Switcher.ie found that 65% of people watch less than a quarter of TV channels they pay for .
So, if you spend most of your time streaming content via the likes of Netflix, and don’t regularly watch the channels you pay for, think about whether you could cancel your TV package, or downgrade to a more basic deal.
Cutting out your TV plan and going for a broadband-only deal could save you hundreds of Euro over the course of the year.