09 January 2017

To celebrate #CutYourEnergyCostsDay we wanted to share with you some tips on how you can save money on your energy bills. 

1. Turn your heating down one degree
The average family sets their thermostats to 20 degrees, turn it down to just 19 degrees and you could shave up to 10% off your heating bill - which works out as a typical saving to £60 a year.

2. Turn off the lights
Lighting accounts for around 19% of the average household's electricity bill. Turning off lights when you pop out for only half hour, or remembering to switch off the landing light could save you up to £10 a year.

3. Energy saving bulbs
Lasting ten times longer than the average lightbulb, energy saving bulbs use 80% less energy, this alone can save you up to £55 a year off your bills! Each bulb will save you around £120 in it's lifespan according to the Energy Saving Trust.

4. Draw your curtains
This simple activity will stop your heating escaping through the windows of an evening.

5. Check your pipes
A leaking or dripping tap wastes enough water each year to fill 69 baths! Quite an alarming figure! Tighten it with a tap, or get it checked out by a plumber.

6. Shower more
Opting to use a shower rather than a bath could save you up to 75 litres of water, which in money terms will save you about £18 a year.

7. Replace your boiler
As the old saying goes 'sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate', and whilst splashing out on a brand new boiler may be a little costly in the long term it could cut your bills by up to £240 a year! 

8. Insulate your home
Take every step to ensure the heat in your home stays in. Loft insulation can save you roughly up to £175 a year - add cavity wall insulation into the mix, and that's a further saving of £135.

9. Wash your clothes at 30 degrees
Most washing detergents are designed to work best at 30 degrees now, so why not turn down your washing cycle from 40 to 30 degrees and save £6 a year on your energy bills.

So in total, that's a saving of £699 you could potentially save on your household bills! 
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