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How to save energy in your home

Household bills are on the rise and, according to experts, could cost around four times as much as they did in 2020. This has been caused by various global factors, including increased demand after lockdown and the impact of the Russia Ukraine war.

We understand you would rather spend your money in more appealing ways, so we have put together some of our top tips to help you save money on your energy bills.

Turning off the lights

Have you ever been told off for leaving a light on when you’ve left the room, or using more lights than necessary? We’ve all been there…

One of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient is to turn your lights off when you’re not using them. This could save you around £20 a year on your energy bills.

Here are some great hacks to consider when it comes to lighting:

● Arrange light switches so it’s easy to turn them all off and you won’t forget if they are by the door

● Use sensors or timers on lights so they are only on when they need to be

● Clean shades or fittings to increase the impact of the light

● Replace all the lights in your home with LED bulbs to help reduce your carbon footprint even further

Turn off appliances

Are you guilty of leaving your TV on standby and not fully switched off when you’re not using it?

By turning unused devices off at the mains, you could save an average of £30 per year.

Another tip is to invest in plug sockets which can be turned on and off via your phone to ensure you’ve switched everything off, even if you’re out of the house and can’t remember if you have or not.

You can also look into using timer plugs to schedule appliances for when you go to bed or leave the house.

Cover your pans when cooking

This may come as a surprise but using pan lids when cooking can make your food cook quicker and allows you to use the hob for less time – and less cooking time means more money saved.

When the food is nearly done, turn the hob off and let it simmer in the covered pan, as it will keep cooking under the residual heat.

Top tip: always match the size of the cooking ring to the size of the pan to avoid wasting any excess energy by heating the air instead of the pan.

Wash clothes at a lower temperature

Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures will retain around 40 per cent of energy used each year.

If possible, wait until you have a full load before putting on a wash as this will help to reduce outgoings on your energy bills, too.

When using your washer, always aim for early in the morning or at night to help avoid the daily price surge. Electricity demand is highest in the morning between 7am and 9am when people are waking up and turning on their heat and using appliances. Doing your washing load in the evening is your safest bet to keep hold of a few pennies.

Be water conscious

Did you know you can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap?

Reducing your shower time by one minute per person can also save up to £70 per year – the ultimate goal is a four-minute shower!

You could also look into fitting a water metre; these can usually be fitted free of charge and many water companies will now give you up to two years to trial it, so you can switch back if you’re unhappy or not saving money. With a water metre, you only pay for what you use - it’s as simple as that.

Bleed your radiators

Let’s be honest, when was the last time you removed air by bleeding your radiators?

By doing so, you're allowing the water in it to circulate freely by removing air bubbles that have been trapped in the piping system. It can help homeowners save money on their energy bills by making radiators more efficient. For more tips and tricks, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and if you’ve got any more hacks, share them with us.

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