5 easy ways to reduce your energy bills today

The year, energysavingtrust.co.uk will lead the Big Energy Saving Week co-hosted by Citizens Advice Bureau. The event, which will take place from the 20-24th October 2014, will encourage people to save both energy and money, so if you fancy being more energy aware, why not pledge to make five significant changes during this week and beyond?

These could include:

Turning off your appliances
Do you often leave your electrical appliances on standby? If so, you could be wasting between £40 and £80 of electricity a year unnecessarily. The standby mode continues to use energy as the device isn’t complete switched off, so be sure to turn TVs, DVD players, personal consoles and other products off at the wall to avoid large bills.

Using LED lightbulbs
With winter rapidly approaching, many of us will leave the lights on in our home for longer periods as we try to get through the dark months. This can result in high charges, so be prepared by switching all halogen bulbs for more energy efficient LEDs. The latter have many benefits as not only are they long lasting and highly durable thanks to their lack of filament but they’re also mercury free and cost effective over time.

Spending less time in the shower
If you come out of the shower resembling a prune, there’s a high chance you’re wasting a considerable amount of water and money. While relaxing under a constant stream of hot water is certainly luxurious it’s not particularly good for your bank balance, so try limiting your showers to five minutes or investing in a device which slows the water flow slightly if you want a bit longer.

Insulating your home
If you’re looking to go green and save energy, one of the best ways to do this is to insulate your home, after all, what’s the point in paying for heating if the warm air can escape? If your home was built after 1920, for instance, there’s a high chance your external walls are made up of two layers and so cavity wall insulation might be needed. Lagging your water pipes will also help and fitting a British Standard jacket around your water cylinder could cut heat loss by over 75 per cent and save you around £20-£35 a year.

Being economical in the kitchen
A lot of energy is used in the kitchen, but if you’re hoping to become more economical start by lowering the temperature of your washing machine to 30 degrees. You could also use a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running and fill your kettle up with just the amount of water you need before boiling. Plan your meals ahead so you only have to turn the oven on once a day and take food out of the freezer in good time to so you don’t have to defrost it in the microwave.

Saving energy takes a little thought and effort, but when you’ve got the basics nailed you could reduce your bills significantly.

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