Energy companies share simple tips to reduce bills including changing the way you use kettle and shower

Energy bills will increase by hundreds of pounds a year across the UK.

With households facing an annual £693 increase from April, we’re all thinking about ways to cut costs.

And some energy suppliers have given their tips for saving energy and money, including very simple tips.

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They say small changes can make a big difference and if you follow the advice, you can save hundreds of pounds a year.

Ofgem announced this week that the price cap on energy bills will rise to £1,971 from £1,277 a year.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced several measures to help households, including a municipal tax refund and a rebate on energy bills – which must be paid back. Read more about it here.

These are some of the tips shared by energy suppliers – including changing how you use your kettle and washing machine.

to make the laundry

  • Wash clothes at 30°C unless really muddy
  • Only use it when you have a full charge
  • Do not use a tumble dryer
  • Use the shortest, coolest, lowest possible water machine cycle (which is not always the one marked Eco)

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water consumption

  • Do not leave the tap running when washing dishes or brushing your teeth
  • Swap a bath for a shower a week
  • Only take a shower for four minutes at a time

to eat and drink

  • Use your dishwasher less often
  • Prepare meals in a slow cooker
  • Fill the kettle with only the water you need and no more
  • Stock your freezer with cardboard or water bottles to fill in gaps
  • If possible, use a microwave, it is more energy efficient and faster than the oven

Around the house

  • Turn off your lights when you leave a room – and look for energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Turn the thermostat by 1°C
  • Turn off radiators in empty rooms
  • Bleed your radiators
  • Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate
  • Close your curtains or blinds at dusk
  • Attach radiator reflector panels to outside walls – or attach aluminum foil to the wall behind the radiator
  • Use draft-proof molded tubing for windows and a pull brush for your mailbox on keyholes on outside doors

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