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Saving energy and keeping your bills down

With energy bills on the increase, we are all looking for ways to save money.  Here some useful tips for saving energy at home and keeping your bills down.

  • Take control of your heating. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £80 per year.
  • Keep your radiators clear by moving furniture away so that the warmth can circulate better.
  • Draught-proof your windows, doors and loft hatch to save around £30 per year (avoid draught-proofing kitchen and bathroom windows or rooms that are prone to damp).
  • Replace standard bulbs and halogen spotlights in your home with energy saving light bulbs such as LEDs.  These typically use around 60% less energy saving up to £35 per year in electricity bills.
  • Turn off lights when you're not using them and save around £14 on your annual energy bill.
  • Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances that don't need to be left on. You can save around £30 per year by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need, and you could save around £7 per year.
  • Have a shorter shower.  Spending one minute less in the shower each day will save you up to £7 off your energy bills each year, per person and you'll save water too.
  • If you have storage heaters, make sure you're using them efficiently.  Keep the input constant at the amount you need, but turn the output down to a minimum when you don't need the heating on, or turn it off at the wall. 
  • Don’t overpay for the energy you’re using - get advice on switching supplier from the Citizens Advice website.
  • Compare gas and electricity prices and make sure you are on the cheapest tariff for you.

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