So you’ve taken the big step towards independence and decided to move out of home. Hey, it’s a pretty exciting change and paves the path towards officially feeling like an adult.
There’s no curfew, no one to stop you watching Netflix all weekend, no one to tell you what to do, you’ll also get to pay your own bills… wait a second. What?
Yeah, sorry to break it to you. Moving out of home means paying the bills fall onto you. That’s a pretty scary thought if you’ve never had to handle an energy bill on your own.
So how do you manage your power bill?
signing up for an energy plan
Before you move into your new place, you’ll want your energy plan sorted out. Don’t wait until the last moment or you’ll be living like a squatter without power for way longer than is novel or comfortable. Signing up for an energy plan is as easy as googling it on the web, so no excuses.
Before choosing one, compare different energy providers to find the one that suits you best. Factors to consider include:
Discounts and benefits
Contracts – if you’re renting, you may not be prepared to be locked in for a contract
Green energy rating.
Shopping around for the best energy plan will save you easy money that’s much better spent on Friday night drinks.
Energy can be seen to be really complicated – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
amaysim have made finding the perfect plan for your home amazingly simple, and with plans featuring pay-on-time discounts for both usage and supply charges, no lock in contracts and highly competitive rates, it's an an easy option when it comes to deciding upon your new energy provider.
budgeting your money
Maybe you’ve been told this 1,000 times before, but just in case it hasn’t quite sunk in, here’s a friendly reminder: budget your money. Even if you work casually and your pay changes weekly, track your spending and make a budget based off those numbers.
You’ll want to be sure you have the money to pay for your bill when it comes up. If you’re putting cash aside weekly, you’ll be worry-free knowing you already have the money when the quarterly bill comes in.
To help with your budgeting and to make sure you don’t get hit with bill shock, amaysim offers monthly installments for paying your energy bills.
This way, instead of being hit with an energy bill that covers three months of usage. Instead, you’ll make a steady payment each month.
don’t miss a payment
Daily life gets pretty chaotic and you can easily forget to pay your bill on time. This can be a particular bummer as some energy providers offer discounts for paying on time.
Make sure you never miss a payment by setting up recurring reminders on your smartphone’s calendar so you always know when the due date is. You may also want to look into direct debit payment options to guarantee you don’t miss out on a discount.
keep your power bill low
Discounts on your bill are pretty nice, but they’ll be even sweeter coming off a power bill that isn’t enormous. There are plenty of small, simple adjustments you can make to save money off your energy bill when you first move out of home, such as:
Unplug appliances when not in use
Turn off lights when not using the room
Switch your lightbulbs to energy-efficient ones
Wash laundry in full loads and in cold water when possible
Air-dry washing on a clothesline
Limit hot showers to 10 minutes or under.
By following these simple steps you’ll find your power bill easy to manage when you move out – and you’ll be adulting like a pro* in no time.
*Maybe. = but no guarantees there.
For more tips on keeping your power bill low, check out our recent post on how to avoid a big energy bill during summer.