Your big day is on the horizon. And despite your diligent saving, and the generous contributions of your family, you’re finding it increasingly difficult to keep your wedding on-budget. Nobody wants to have to compromise on their dream wedding. And cutting down on some of your unavoidable household expenses can leave you with more money to contribute to the wedding of your dreams. If you’re not sure how to do this, your energy supply is a great place to start.
Sure, every household needs energy. But no household needs to pay through the nose for it. And during wedding season (which typically means the period between late spring and early autumn) there are lots of ways you can save on your energy usage. And your energy bill. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Switch Plan to bring you some great energy saving tips to help you save for your wedding day.
Change suppliers regularly
According to non-profit organisation The Money Advice Service, the average household can save up to £300 per year on their energy by switching suppliers regularly. That’s a pretty substantial contribution to your wedding fund.
Eco-conscious? That doesn’t mean you should have to pay more! Our friends at Switch-Plan can help you to find a green energy tariff that’s both carbon neutral and budget-friendly.
Make the most of your natural light
Despite our reputation for dark and gloomy days, the UK gets great daylight hours during the spring and summer months. So make sure you throw those curtains wide open, roll those blinds right up, and make the most of the abundant natural light that’s the perfect showcase for your home. And if you need to switch the lights on, stop wasting money on incandescent bulbs which 90% of their energy. Instead, use CFL or LED bulbs. These can save over 5 times their original cost.
Seal those pesky cracks
The same cracks that can leak out warm air in the winter can leak our cool air in the summer. So make sure you patch up those cracks around the windows and install draught excluders beneath your doors.
Stop using your tumble dryer
We all love that warm, fresh feeling that comes from wearing clothes fresh out of the drier. But given that tumble driers cost anywhere between £30 and £90 to run (depending on their energy efficiency), that feeling comes at a premium. While the weather’s fine, hang your washing outdoors, or in an airy room with the window wide open.
Switch off your home’s energy vampires overnight
Finally, many of your household appliances use up to 80% as much energy in standby mode as they do when active. Switch these “energy vampires” like TVs, games consoles and Blu Ray players off at the wall overnight. You could save around £68 per year on your energy costs just by doing this.
Money worries are the most common cause of marital discord. And let’s be honest, planning your big day is stressful enough. Start saving energy right now, and you can save yourself enough for a big contribution to your dream wedding day!