As the cost of living crisis continues, many families on low incomes may be struggling to keep up with rising bills. Energy Saving Trust has put together some tips that could help people save over £500 on their energy bills next year.
In October, the Government introduced a discount on bills – known as the energy price guarantee – which means the average household on a dual-fuel tariff won’t pay more than £2,500 a year.
However, this will rise to £3,000 a year in April when the guarantee is extended.
On their website, Energy Saving Trust provided 10 tips to cut costs from today to save a total of £564.
1 Switch off standby
Britons can save around £65 a year just by remembering to turn appliances off standby mode.
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Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming.
People may want to think about getting a standby saver or smart plug which allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go.
2 Draught-proof windows and doors
Unless someone’s home is very new, they will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney.
Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £225, however, DIY draught-proofing can be much cheaper. Draught-proofing the house can save around £125 a year on energy bills.
3 Turn off the lights
Turning off the lights when they’re not in use can save around £25 a year on one’s annual energy bills.
Replacing all the lights in your home with LED bulbs could help people save even more.
4 Careful with washing
Britons can save around £34 a year on their energy bill just by using their washing machine more carefully:
– Use the washing machine on a 30-degree cycle instead of higher temperatures.
– Reduce the washing machine use by one run per week for a year.
5 Avoid the tumble dryer
Avoid using a tumble dryer for your clothes: dry clothes on racks inside where possible or outside in warmer weather to save £70 a year.
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6 Spend less time in the shower
Keeping one’s shower time to just four minutes could save a typical household £95 a year on their energy bills.
7 Swap your bath for a shower
Some people might enjoy a long soak in the bath, but swapping just one bath a week with a four-minute shower could save someone £20 a year on their energy bills.
8 Be savvy in the kitchen
Kettles are one of the most used appliances in the kitchen. But many people will admit that they at least occasionally boil the kettle with more water than they’re going to use.
Avoid overfilling the kettle and people could save £13 a year on their electricity bill.
People could also consider fitting an aerator onto their existing kitchen tap to reduce the amount of water coming out without affecting how it washes or rinses.
An aerator is a small gadget with tiny holes – they attach to the spout of taps and are cheap and easy to install – and could save people £30 a year.
9 Fill the dishwasher
Only run the dishwasher when it is full to reduce the amount of water being used. Reducing the dishwasher use by one run per week for a year could save you £17.
10 Top up the insulation
Effective insulation of the hot water cylinder is important: even if people have thin spray foam or a loose 25mm jacket, they can benefit from increasing the insulation to a British Standard Jacket 80mm thick, saving £70 a year in the process.
Insulating the water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to save money on one’s bills.