How can I reduce my energy bill?
Common ways to cut the cost of your gas or electricity
Turn standby off
Many appliances such as TVs, music systems etc should be turned off at the plug after use and not left on standby. The average household could save up to £85 per year just by turning appliances off properly.
Check whether your boiler is efficient
For a long-term improvement replace your boiler if it’s over 15 years old. Boilers aren’t cheap, but there are often excellent deals via government and energy supplier incentives.
Be efficient with cooking
If you're going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. When you’re cooking vegetables, just use enough water to keep them covered. Use a pan that’s the right size for your cooking ring, then put a lid on it – it’ll heat up quicker, so your use less energy. Use the microwave instead of the oven. It cooks food quicker and uses up less energy. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes in hot water before going into the dishwasher. Save water and energy by scraping the dishes before they go in and let the dishwasher do all the work.
Be smart about water
Keep your showers to under 10 minutes. Wasting warm water adds to your energy bills because you pay twice – once for the water, and once to heat it up. You could invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using. You could save up to £7 per person by cutting just one minute off every shower.
Wash at a low temperature
If you can, do the week's laundry in one go and put a full load into the machine. With the right detergent you can wash your clothing at a lower temperature and save electricity, also use the economy setting whenever you can. Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can be up to a third cheaper.
Turn your thermostat down
Turning down your thermostat will help get your bills under control. By turning down your thermostat even by a single degree could save you up to £80 per year.
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