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Reducing your energy bills

Owning a home can be expensive, especially with Council Tax, grocery bills and refurbishments. Energy bills are another outgoing that we could all do without, but they seem to be constantly rising.

Unfortunately we all need gas and electricity to fuel our computers, heating and public services so all we can do is accept that prices will increase.

However, there are several things you can do that could save you money on your energy bills.

1. Lights

Switch lights off when you leave a room, even if you’re only popping to the bathroom as keeping lights on for no reason wastes electricity. Although dimmer than normal bulbs, invest in some energy-saving bulbs - they last longer and use up to 80% less electricity, helping you to use less energy.

2. Tumble dryer

Huge consumers of energy, tumble dryers are extremely inefficient. As summer approaches there’s no excuse to waste energy on a tumble dryer as a mild day will dry your clothes just as well and won’t shrink them.

3. Dishwasher

Don’t run the dishwasher (or washing machine) if it’s not full - this not only wastes energy, but also water. The drought may be over, but we still have a water shortage.

4. Oven

If you’re preheating the oven, don’t do it too early. You should also limit the amount of times you ‘check’ the food inside.

5. Computer

During the day, set your computer to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity. Once you finish using it for the day, shut it down completely.

6. Plugs

Unplug chargers and other items when they’re not in use as they will still use energy, even when they’re not in use.

7. Television

Don’t have your TV on for the sake of it. If you’re doing something else at the same time so you’re distracted, turn it off. Make sure it is off and not on standby.

8. Heating

Even when summer is here, it can get chilly. Try not to put your heating on at all and if it is cold, put on a jumper or invest in a woolly blanket. You could also have your home insulated to keep heat in and in winter nothing makes a house cosier than a log fire.

9. Kettle

Don’t overfill your kettle as it wastes a significant amount of energy. Only boil as much water as you need and use it immediately - no need to boil it again.

10. Hairdryer/straighteners

Hairdryers and straighteners use a lot of energy and can also damage your hair. Now that summer’s here try to let your hair dry naturally. Chances are it’ll be tied back a lot anyway so go au natural and save energy and your hair.

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