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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- 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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